I am reading The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield. I think maybe everyone in the world who wants to do anything with their life should read this book. It’s a no-BS, wake up call to just get it done. Call the excuses what they are (or actually, he calls them “The Resistance”) and get on with it.
All of us have it – that thing/voice/block/weather/excuse/husband/wife/kids/job/country/REASON why we cannot finish, execute or sometimes even start what we know we are meant to be doing. So know it, and get over it. “Go Pro” as Steven says. Do what you need to do to do the work no matter what. A professional athlete doesn’t wake up one day and say, “hmmm, I don’t really feel like doing my training today…maybe tomorrow”. When you Go Pro, you stop finding excuses for not doing the work, and you Just Do It.
I am on my way home from an amazing weekend in Boston with my best friends from college. One of them just completed the Boston Marathon with an amazing, mind-boggling time (to me) – 3hrs and 12 minutes. On Saturday afternoon, many of them decided to go for a run. They went Pro. I came up with about 10 reasons why I couldn’t: I wanted to spend time with my friends talking. I was tired. I was still a bit sore from my PT workout (yes, still). I didn’t want to shower again. I’d rather drink. I am so far from going Pro when it comes to my fitness routine that it only took a feather to knock me off course.
So here I am, looking at my week ahead, knowing I only have 2 days in which to actually work out…the Resistance is Strong. It wants me to do other things during that hour and a half. But thankfully, I’ve already blocked the time out. Sacred. Scared? Sacred. Not movable. I will not let the resistance win – not this week.