There is something that will always come against the man or the woman that are striving to live to their highest potential. No matter, whether you are trying to produce a Pulitzer Prize winning novel, seeking the cure for the common cold, or trying to start the next million dollar dot-com business, you will undoubtedly face this foe. Knowing that is half the battle, check that, maybe it’s a quarter of the battle because another huge part of the battle(besides the fight itself) is taking ownership and defining who exactly is the enemy.
Is it procrastination? Is it fear? Is it some veiled form of ego?
Maybe, it’s just not knowing which direction to step, although that actually can only last so long, before it becomes an excuse.
Perhaps it’s the idea that now is not the right timing. After all, there is your career to think about, or your family, or the debt you are having to pay down. But, then again, these should be all the more reason you strive to become all that you were created to be. After all, do you really want your kids to see a father or mother that didn’t do everything they possibly could to reach the best life they could live? What kind of teaching is that? “Do as I say, not as I do”, really doesn’t work so well.
Maybe it’s the idea that other’s will think that you are weird, crazy, greedy, etc. After all, we do tend to live in a culture that teaches us from the time we are babies to conform. We have to dress like the celebrities on TV. We have to keep up with all the latest slang that our classmates are using to communicate. We are told by our schools, our churches, our government, that we are free to do as we will, as long as it goes within the guidelines they set out. Still, even this is laying blame(and the power) in the laps of those that truly have no control over your life unless you give it to them.
The enemy can take many forms, all of which are aimed to keep you from bringing the best of you to the world.
Stephen Pressfield describes it as “Resistance” in The War of Art. And, he shares the purpose of this “Resistance”.
“Resistance’s goal is not to wound or disable. Resistance aims to kill. Its target is the epicenter of our being: our genius, our soul, the unique and priceless gift we were put on earth to give and that no one else has but us. Resistance means business. When we fight it, we are in a war to the death.”
The enemy will attack from within when you are trying to accomplish big things. It will subtly set up a veil of power that only you can overcome. The way to greatness is through the overcoming. It’s through the battle.
Are you becoming all that you are capable of becoming? Are you doing something big to make an impact on this world?
If not, it’s time to start a revolution.