Day 15 of Beyond Layers ~
We were encouraged to read an article on "Resistance" and how it affect our lives. Steven Pressfield writes, " "If you’ve read The War of Art, you know that the thematic core of the book is the concept of Resistance. Resistance with a capital R, which the book defines as “an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.” Resistance is what keeps an entrepreneur from making the cold calls he knows he has to, to get his business rolling. It’s the force that keeps an aspiring painter away from her studio, or makes a writer back off from the blank page. Resistance stops us from going to the gym, from meditating, from donating our time to a cause we believe in."
In all aspects of our lives we need to conquer self-doubt and use positive self-talk to get us past Resistance.
"Self-talk is consciously generated. Its aim is to overcome inertia, to push through Resistance. Self-talk is an act of will. It costs effort. It hurts.
Self-talk is masculine in the sense that it’s the Act of Thrust seeking to generate a response from the fertile Creative Field.
That field is our lazy-ass selves. “Put down that bottle, turn off that TV, get your sorry butt into that studio.” Self-talk is the starter that gets our engine going.Sabotage comes from the French word “sabot,” which means wooden shoe. When industrialization began stealing jobs from workers in Europe, the factory hands used to take off their sabots and chuck them into the gears of the machinery. Resistance is when we, as artists and entrepreneurs, throw our own shoes into our own machinery."
My goal is to get past self-doubt and work on my art. One can only improve if they work at what they're trying to accomplish.
Our challenge for Day 15 was to create an image using the thought...Whisper!