Make It Happen Monday – Facing Mr. Resistance


Those who know me can attest that I spend a lot of time pinching my nose between pages, and as such I’m asked reasonably often about the books that I read. While I love books (I had an ex that thought that the funniest answer I’d ever given to a survey question regarding my favorite childhood toy was “books”) and would recommend that you read any you can get your hands on, there are a few that I consider “essential”.

Steven Pressfield is a generally a historical fiction author but more than that he’s a student of the process of writing and creation. His fiction is quite good, but it’s his advice for the aspiring creator (author, artist, singer, whatever) that is truly special.

Here’s a quick video review I shot on a couple of his books.

What I’d like to talk a little more about is the idea of Resistance as an entity, why that’s such an effective strategy, and why this applies even to those who aren’t “creators”.

Life can get in the way of your getting stuff done, right? You know it. Your mom knows it (Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!). Trust me, I know it.

There’s a reason that this happens so easily. Most people spend their days kind of floating in the breeze, trying to roll with the punches of life, or running around putting out fires. Sometimes it feels like the attacks of life’s randomness are coming from all directions at once and this makes it pretty much impossible to defend against or counter-attack. Things get hectic, plans go to shit, and before you know it you end up doing nothing but being busy… Rather than what you set out to do.

According to Pressfield (and I agree with him), these attacks are best not thought of as random and that they’re not coming from all directions. They’re coming from one enemy: Mr. Resistance.

Mr. Resistance has a lot of tools and weapons at his disposal, from Facebook to your kids to even the weather sometimes. He has the toolbox and he will use every toy in it, all of them, to keep you right where you are: In homeostasis. Getting nothing done. Not advancing.

Mr. Resistance's winning face.

However, if you can personify Mr. Resistance and view him as an enemy to be defeated then you can keep your mind on the prize. These challenges become a game. There’ll be some ground gained and some ground lost, but if you’re on one playing field (you versus Mr. Resistance) as opposed to many (life just throwing stuff at you) then you can focus and overcome challenges. Mr. Resistance hates focused people.

To really get a handle on tackling Mr. Resistance check out these quick reads for some life-changing stuff. The catch is that you have to use the info within them. Remember, Mr. Resistance loves people who learn stuff and never apply it. He hates action takers.

It’s Make It Happen Monday. Kick Mr. Resistance right square in the nuts and get some shit done today.

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May 16, 2013

Chris @ 2:11 pm #

Thanks for the tips. I will checkout the books. I agree with you that success in anything is directly related to focus and persistence, after that everything will follow.

May 26, 2013

Jenni @ 4:34 pm #

Your blog posts inspire me more than most authors. Envisioning resistance as a man to be defeated is really effective for me. I am working on staying sober and healthy so I have to tackle everyday full force. Sometimes I forget why I am working so hard. Exhaustion sets in and its hard for me to see the big picture. But I must keep up the fight. Thank you!

July 4, 2013

Derick @ 9:54 am #

I stumbled on your website and wow…what an interesting idea of dealing with pet hates such as procrastination. I’m going to try this idea myself on personifying procrastination and make sure I beat him up whenever i sense that I may be procrastinating.

Keep up the good work.


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