Posted by: amylamb | January 24, 2012

The Intentional Win

Anything worth doing has to be won.

I’ve held the false pretense that remarkable work is often an accident. But those who stumble into success are the exception, not the rule.

We wake up every morning with a calling to fulfill and a resistance to overcome. In The War of Art, Steven Pressfield says that the resistance shows itself in a number of ways – distraction, anxiety, procrastination, fear, apathy, or uncertainty. We often don’t realize that we’re giving into it, but as we do, we mindlessly forfeit the sacred endowment that we were created to express.

Many of us have been indoctrinated with the philosophy that we are all winners – that mere participation counts as overcoming. But in the world of creativity, everyone doesn’t get a trophy. Only those who defeat the resistance will win, and that is not a convenient accident.

Defeating the resistance is a choice that must become a habit. Learn to recognize and eliminate it without hesitation, and you will win. Not only will your work be intentional and reproducible, but it will also be remarkable. Don’t relent until you win.

Tantum e Tenebris Receptum Constabit.
(Only what is won from the darkness will stand.)

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