Let’s talk about Creative Resistance, shall we?
I believe we notice it more at the start of a new year because we revisit our resolutions and good intentions and wonder WHY did last year get away from us…again?
What is it? Where does it come from? Why do we avoid our work (even when we say it’s important to us) and how do we beat it?
The good news is , you’re not alone in this battle. We all experience resistance in one form or another. There isn’t a creative soul out there who hasn’t felt it pushing them away from their work at some point.
Here’s what I’ve learned about this tricky little blighter on my own journey.
Creative Resistance is…
invisible but it’s effects are very real.
It’s aim is to keep you from doing your work. And, while it may seem to come from outside of you, it is self-generated and self-perpetuated. It is also a force of nature and a liar.
It’s fuel is fear.
So ask yourself, “What is it about my creativity that I’m afraid of? If I did something about it, what is the worst that could happen? The best?”
(Weirdly, it’s usually the good stuff that scares us more.)
Get that fear out where you can see it. Don’t let it fester in the dark. Write about it. Make an art journal page. Dance it out. Whatever it takes. Get that fear moving and you are no long stuck.
The Resistance Compass
Creative Resistance is actually a very good compass , pointing the way to what truly matters to you.
In fact, the more you resist, the more valuable that thing is to you. That’s information you can use! Use your Resistance to navigate by and discover what it is you really need to be up to.
The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it. Steven Pressfield, The War of Art.
If your Creative Resistance is BIG then it’s a good indicator that something BIG is waiting to come through you.
Procrastination is a common symptom of Creative Resistance because it’s the easiest to rationalize. (After all, the dishes MUST be washed.)
But when you put off doing your art, you put off important work. Not to put to fine a point on it, but you could end up putting off your life’s work. After all, something is calling to you to bring it into the world. Pay attention.
Change your response
You can do something about this right now. Sit down and create something. Anything. Even a doodle counts. You’ll be thumbing your nose at Creative Resistance, when you do.
It’s that simple… and that hard.