Thursday Morning Motivation

“Are you paralyzed with fear?  That’s a good sign.

Fear is good.  Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator.  Fear tells us what we have to do.

Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.

Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance.  Therefore the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that the enterprise is important to us and to the growth of the soul.  That’s why we feel so much Resistance.  If it meant nothing to us, there’d be no Resistance.

Have you ever watched Inside the Actors Studio? The host James Lipton, invariably asks his guests, “What factors make you decide to take a particular role?” The actor always answers: “Because I’m afraid of it.”

The professional tackles the project that will make him stretch.  He takes on the assignment that will bear him into uncharted waters, compel him to explore unconscious parts of himself.

Is He Scared? Yes. He’s petrified. (Conversely, the professional turns down roles that he’s done before.  He’s not afraid of them anymore.  Why waste his time?)

So if your’re paralyzed with fear, it’s a good sign.  It shows you what you have to do.” -Steven Pressfield

About Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1943 to a Navy father and mother. He graduated from Duke University in 1965. The previous post was an exert from his 2002 book, The War of Art. Mr. Pressfield has worked as an advertising copywriter, schoolteacher, tractor-trailer driver, bartender, oilfield roustabout and attendant in a mental hospital.  He can be located here.

As Steven says, “It is one thing to study war, and another to live the warrior’s life.”

I’m ready for the morning!



1 Response to “Thursday Morning Motivation”

  1. 1 Callie Oettinger August 14, 2009 at 1:05 am

    When I read the title of your post, “Thursday Morning Motivation,” I thought you were posting about Steve Pressfield’s “Writing Wednesdays” posts. Surprised and happy to see what you posted. If you haven’t read the “Writing Wednesdays” series on Steve’s blog, I encourage you to check it out. This is the link to the first post:

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