Friday, June 28, 2013

Resistance Has No Power Of Its Own

“Nothing is more creative, nor destructive, than a brilliant mind with a purpose.” Genius is a neutral entity. Like tofu, it takes on the flavor of whatever sauced it’s immersed in. The hope is, whoever possesses that brain will channel their power into a positive direction. The problem is, evil usually pays better. And chicks dig danger. Stupid dark side and their amazing perks. Inspired by Dan Brown’s new book.

“Our nation is on a slippery slope to rationality.” This week’s article in The Onion made me smile. Meanwhile, some people feel guilty for wanting progress. Not me. Consider everything that’s happening: Pot is legal in eighteen states. Gay marriage is legal in thirteen states. Atheism is the nation’s fasting growing religion. Climate change was recognized by the president as the global threat of our time. Damn. Just when I thought our country was blessed with a broken sense of priorities. Finally some forward movement.

“The absence of a body against my body created a hunger.” I guess I just haven’t found the right guy yet. Bullshit. If you wanted to find the right guy, you would have found him. Why? Because that’s what human beings do. Whatever they look for, they find. The end.

Resistance has no power of its own.” All it does it feed on our fear of it. The more we try to run from it, the faster it gets. The more excuses we create for not doing the work, the harder the work gets. Resistance is a bully. It has no real power. But, the minute we stand up to it, sock it in the gut with everything we’ve got, it crumples into the corner like a pile of swept leaves. Until tomorrow. You better believe, it will come back tomorrow. Thanks, Steven Pressfield.

“Make a discipline of it.” What drives me crazy about the personal development industry is, it’s all systems and formulas. Five steps. Seven ways. Ten strategies. But success is not a combination lock. In fact, most of it comes down to discipline. Commitment. Showing up early and often. Working hard and long and smart. No, it’s not sexy, but it’s worked for centuries. Inspired by Tiger Mothers.