Today is the last day to register for the Superhuman 40 Challenge at the discounted early registration rate. Whether you plan to participate in the challenge or not, this post will help you get the most out of 2016. It includes some of my favorite concepts from the best book that I read in 2015, The War of Art. These concepts can be applied to help you get in the best shape of your life, or conquer any goal that you have set out for yourself in 2016.
“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two, stands resistance.” –The War of Art
There’s an invisible force that is keeping you from living at your full physical potential. If you aren’t happy with your body, your strength, your energy levels, your focus at work or with your family, then you are likely familiar with this invisible force. It cannot be seen, touched, heard, or smelled, but it can most definitely prevent you from reaching your health and fitness goals. That invisible force is known as resistance.
This concept of resistance was introduced to me through the book the War of Art, by Steven Pressfield. I have been familiar with resistance my entire life, but this book enabled me to finally have a label for it, and to see it for what it is.
At its core, resistance is fear, self-sabotage, and procrastination. When we aspire to start our own business, take on a creative endeavor, or create a venture designed to help others, then we are very likely to encounter resistance.
Not surprisingly, at the top of the list of things affected by resistance (as outlined in the book) are:
- “Any diet or health regimen”
- “Any activity whose aim is tighter abdominals”
- “Any program designed to overcome an unwholesome habit or addiction”
It’s no wonder why so many of us have trouble losing weight, sticking to an exercise program, or breaking our poor eating habits. Resistance is clearly stacked against us.
But luckily for us, the simple knowledge and awareness of resistance, can begin to give us the power to defeat it, and reclaim the body and health we have always wanted and known we are capable of.
The thing we need to realize is resistance doesn’t actually affect the work itself, but rather the act of showing up to do the work. In the context of writing, real writers know “It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.” Just as any person who has managed to get in great shape and stay there knows that it isn’t the exercising part or eating healthy part that’s the toughest. The toughest part is driving yourself to the gym, taking the first few strides of your daily run, or shopping and meal prepping so you have healthy food on hand.
One of the examples he uses in the book is of famous writer Somerset Maugham. Somerset once was quoted in an interview, “I write only when inspiration strikes…Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp. I despise resistance; I will not let it faze me; I will sit down and do my work.”
This mindset, and the decision to show up day after day after day, is what Pressfield refers to as turning pro.
As we embark into a new year and resolve to abolish old habits and create new ones, I want you to remember this concept of turning pro. The amateur doesn’t show up every day and doesn’t show up no matter what. He is not committed over the long haul. The pro, on the other hand, knows there will be days where he doesn’t feel like working out or cooking a healthy meal, and he shows up and does the work anyways.
Instead of being discouraged by resistance, the pro uses it as motivation. He uses it as a reminder that he is doing the right things. Because as Pressfield points out in the book, “the more important an action is to our soul’s evolution, the more resistance we will feel towards pursuing it.” So if you feel that resistance during the challenge or any endeavor you choose to take on this year, use the presence of resistance as a reminder that you are on the right track and doing things that are important to you.
Our goal with the Superhuman 40 Challenge is to help you overcome resistance for the first 40 days of 2016. If you are on the fence about joining the challenge, make this your first step towards resolving to overcome resistance this year. If you can do it in one area of your life, you can empower yourself to do it in many other areas as well.
As I mentioned earlier, today is the last day to get in at the discounted early registration price. Before I let you go, I will leave you with this final quote from the War of Art:
“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. This second, we can turn the tables on resistance.”