How insidious is your “Resistance” ?

Know your enemy

The following passage is from Steven Pressfields work “The War of Art” Book 1 Resistance – Defining the Enemy.

London 1989. Photo by Challen Yee

In Book 1, Pressfield often takes a page per concept approach to highlight individual ideas. This aids In the focusing process of gathering a comprehensive picture of this multi-dimensional force that is responsible to stifle our self-expression and creativity. I also appreciate the extra space to write notes while I am reading, rephrasing and recapturing the new thoughts and ideas that come to mind.

SInce reading The War of Art, I find myself treating my Resistance more like a person rather than a mere circumstance that has no form and this helps me regain my footing when I am knocked off balance. I can tell a bully to beat it, but I can’t tell, as easily, some force of nature to just go away.

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Here Pressfield describes in stark and sometimes salty terms (where I have added the asterisk)  a particularly nasty aspect of the formidable opponent we must face on a day to day basis if we are striving, as he calls, to “do the work” we are meant to be in fulfilling our true self-expression. 

By the way, there are no asterisks censoring words in the book.



Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work. It will perjure, fabricate, falsify; seduce, bully, cajole. Resistance is protean. It will assume any form, if that’s what it takes to deceive you. It will reason with you like a lawyer or jam a nine-millimeter in your face like a stickup man. Resistance has no conscience. It will pledge anything to get a deal, then double-cross you as soon as your back is turned. If you take Resistance at its word, you deserve everything you get. Resistance is always lying and always full of sh*t.



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Challen Yee

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