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2014 BLOG – DAY 61 :: how not to give up …or (holy) blessed socks

2 Mar

It was a year ago that I gave up.

It was February 2013 when my thyroid reared it’s bumpy head. As soon as the shock wore off I gave up. I stopped working on key projects I had on my plate and I stopped writing the manuscript I had been working on.

I just didn’t have it in me to continue. Not while I was in “the waiting place” trying to figure out which foot to put forward. Actually, I was trying to figure out which direction was forward.

As we know, everything turned out fine. Surgery, results, all benign! Whew! And that’s when I began writing again.

Ironically, just as February closed out last week, just a year later, another bump made itself known inside my body. Consequently, I again stopped my morning ritual of writing.

But this weekend I woke up with an epiphany.

RESISTANCE.
Coined by Stephen Pressfield, the concept applies to all creators:
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“Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance. Therefore the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That’s why we feel so much Resistance. If it meant nothing to us, there’d be no Resistance.”

― Steven PressfieldThe War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
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Is it ironic that I have run into two bumps in the road in the month of February? One year apart? Right in the middle of my best writing streak ever?

Is it resistance?
Maybe. Maybe not.

One thing is for sure. This time, I am not giving up. No matter the outcome or diagnosis, I am pushing through. I am writing. I will finish the manuscript. I will continue with my schedule. I will continue go to the gym. I won’t break my stride.

So today I returned to the gym and my peak performance schedule. As I undressed to take a shower I looked down at my toes.

Right there, before me, was a holy blessing:


(holy sock compliments of Brady)

And it confirmed exactly what was going through my mind:

Ain’t nothin’ gonna to break my stride
Nobody’s gonna slow me down, oh-no
I got to keep on movin’

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

{how do you keep moving?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 311 :: is self loathing a good thing?

7 Nov

Today, in my month-long nod to inspiration, I share some self-loathing.

Actually, it’s bigger than that.

But first, a pretty image from our garden.
These may be the last, official flowers of the season:

Now…about self-loathing. 
First up, this week Stephen Pressfield published an article saying self-loathing is a good thing.

And I have to agree.  I think it’s pretty inspiring actually.
What is self-loathing you say? Well, according to Stephen it’s when your brain does this:

 “You’re a loser, you’re a bum, a worthless waste of oxygen. Look at you. Do you imagine that someone like you could produce something original, something of quality, something that anyone else would care about? What ideas do you have that haven’t been done a thousand times before—and better than you could every dream of doing them?”

The above is what Stephen calls “The Voice of Resistence” which he has coined and described and conquered in a few books, including: The War of Art and Turning Pro.

If you are doing something you believe in …If you are trying to make, launch, create, birth, stick together anything with some glue, sweat and a dream… I highly encourage you to read Stephen’s work.

Start with this week’s article.
It’s so right on. And if you’re not pumping your fist in the air by the time you’re done with this article …. buy one of his books.

So what’s so great about self-loathing? Stephen says RESISTANCE is a good sign because it means there is a powerful, original idea right behind it.

And now the pièce de résistance of “resistance” …all that self-loathing is a good thing!

And this…
You. Can. Do. Anything.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

{you can do anything}
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