Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Resistance - from Linchpin

More from Linchpin:

"When you feel the resistance, the stall, the fear, and the pull, you know you're on to something. Whichever way the wind of resistance is coming from, that's the way to head - directly into the resistance. And the closer you get to achieving the breakthrough your genius has in mind, the stronger the wind will blow and the harder the resistance will fight to stop you.

I stopped writing this book a dozen times. Each time, the force that got me to pick it up again was the resistance. I realized that my lizard brain was afraid of this book, which is the best reason I can think of to write it.

Eating ice cream is easy. Making something that matters is hard. The resistance will help you find the thing you most need to do because it is the thing the resistance most wants to stop.

Its obvious. The resistance is afraid. The closer you come to unleashing the thing it fears, the harder it will fight."

"The habit that successful artists have developed is simple: they thrash a lot at the start, because starting means that they are going to finish. Not maybe, not probably, but going to.

If you want to produce things on time and on budget all you have to do is work until you run out of time or run out of money. Then ship.

No room for stalling or excuses or the resistance. On ship date, it's gone."

"Bre Pettis wrote this manifesto on his blog:

1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action, and completion.
2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
3. There is no editing stage.
4. Pretending you know what you're doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so accept that you know what you're doing even if you don't and do it.
5. Banish procastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
7. Once you're done you can throw it away.
8. Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done.
9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
11. Destruction is a variant of done.
12. If you have an idea and publish it on the Interent, that counts as a ghost of done.
13. Done is the engine of more."

"In The Dip, I talk about how hard it is to quit a project ( a job, a career, a relationship), even if the project is going absolutely nowhere.

It occurs to me that part of this pain comes from the resistance.

If it appears that you're fighting the good fight, laboring on, doing what you trained to do, then, hey, you're virtuous. You can proclaim victory without risk. There's not a lot to fear when you're stuck in the dip, not a lot that can threaten you're standing. You're just a hardworking guy, doing your best; how dare someone criticize you?

The people who have experienced this and fought back - by quitting when they were stuck - tell me that the feeling of liberation and new potential is incredible. Suddenly, they can get back to doing the work, to making a difference, and to engaging with a community.

The hard part is distinguishing between quitting because the resistance wants you to (bad idea) or because the resistance doesn't want you to (great idea). The goal is to quit the tasks you're doing because you're hididng on behalf of the lizard brain and to push through the very tasks the lizard fears."

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