|The brick wall of Resistance|
The Resistance monster, it's kind of like a brick wall... I've been sleeping-in past my stated time for getting up (6:00 am). I've already started questioning my desire to do the things I committed to: Do I really want to “Tidy Up” my house at all, much less do it within six months? Is six months realistic, or so ambitious as to be a pipe dream? Is tidying up something I really even want? My arm hurts. Oh, there are these classes I want to take and they will require homework time (there’ll be no time for Tidying). DH has been taking time off from his usual pursuits and I want to spend time with him. I’m just a wimp and incapable of following through on anything anyway. No, my arm really does hurt.
In the forward to the book, The War of Art, screenwriter Robert McKee defines Resistance as the “destructive force inside human nature that rises whenever we consider a tough, long-term course of action that just might do for us or others, something that’s actually good”.
OK, after taking a week off, it’s time to finish the Kitchen/dining room tidying project. Kitchen’s done, except for cleaning out the ‘fridge. I forgot about the ‘fridge. How can you forget about the ‘fridge? Like everything else in my life, the ‘fridge’s contents have become invisible, especially in the freezer. I do clean out the ‘fridge periodically, but, without the organizing principle of "Like with Like", I don’t really “see” what is left in there. So, it’s time to bring order to the contents of the ‘fridge. Then, there's the dining room.
|Invisible things in residence on the mantle|
The dining room is still in its usual chaotic state. A collection of nick knacks lives atop the fireplace mantle: invisible. Books, games, and stacks of printer paper, in addition to the printer, live on the printer stand in the corner. Does the printer really belong in the dining room? Stacks of papers, abandoned projects, and things to be returned to other rooms live on the dining table. Yeah, we rarely actually eat on the dining table. A collection of candles, trivets, notebooks, and the telephone and answering machine live on the sideboard, with shoes underneath. A project bag with my current take-along stitching project lives on a dining room chair. All these things (and a few others) have become invisible. They just live there whether they belong there or not. It’s time to remove non-dining room things from the dining room (including dust bunnies on the ceiling fan).
What’s my incentive? What about planning to serve a nice candle-lit dinner on the dining table? That should provide some incentive! Besides, I said I was turning pro. Turning Pro trumps Resistance.
Turning pro is a mindset. If we are struggling with fear, self-sabotage, procrastination, self-doubt, etc., the problem is, we're thinking like amateurs. Amateurs don't show up. Amateurs crap out. Amateurs let adversity defeat them. The pro thinks differently. He shows up, he does his work, he keeps on truckin', no matter what. -Steven Pressfield
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