Why aren’t you moving right now towards your goals? When someone asks you this question, what comes into your mind? If it is “Oh, if only I had money or time” or “Not right now” or any kind of excuse, this blog post is for you. If you’re already accomplishing your goals, congratulations! Get out of here and keep rocking!
Yes, this is somehow that kind of post that the core message is just like the Shia LeBeouf’s Motivational Speech. If you hadn’t see it yet, please have fun watching it here!
Are you still here? That means you want more than “Just do it” or “Don’t let your dreams be dreams” right? But to ‘Just do it’ is hard, isn’t it? Because the excuses we made are too damn good, right? “Just more 5 minutes”, “It wouldn’t work anyway”, “In order to do that, you have to born for it, I don’t have the gift”. Let me tell you why we’re so good at making excuses.
The book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield inspired me to write this blog post. Steven gives a name for our inner self that is creating excuses, its name is Resistance.
Have you ever thought about mastering a new skill, like a new idiom, Excel, Photoshop or Programming and your mind starts to give you one hundred reasons why you shouldn’t? That’s Resistance. And she’s a b*tch.
I’m writing about this not because I overcame Resistance and that I’m a badass entrepreneur with a high successful company. No, I’m sorry to disappoint you, I’m still on my way to achieve that. To write this blog post, I had to fight against her too. I’m writing because I want to recognize that she exists, that she’s persistent and if we’re not aware, she wins. She puts in your head: “Oh, I’ve done enough for today. Time for Netflix”. And you may think that it’s just for one night, then it happens again in the other night and in the other and so on.
“The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. We don’t just put off our lives today; we put them off till our deathbed.” Steven Pressfield.
Let me ask you some questions, please answer with yes or no in your mind (or whatever, I can’t hear you anyway).
- Do you usually blame others when something goes wrong?
- Are you a procrastinator?
- Are you doing what you’re supposed to be doing to live a happier life?
- Did you do something in this week that is taking you closer to your goals?
If you answered yes and yes in question 1 and 2; and no and no for question 3 and 4. I have a diagnostic. Resistance is beating you.
You can start right now, not tomorrow nor next week (that would be procrastination). You don’t need to complicate things. Start with small-wins. If you want to master programming, do the first step, go to freecodecamp, do a project, and build something to help a nonprofit. If you want to become a writer, then write something; do like me, write a blog post, write on medium or LInkedIn or even on Twitter (mini blog about your story or interests). Do not let Resistance wins. Remember, it’s a war and every day is a new battle.
“Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny.” Steven Pressfield.