Do you slow down from time to time, and think about your current life versus the life you could be living? Where do you see yourself? What would your life look like? Do you have an unlived life that would fulfill exciting dreams and ambitions? Author Steven Pressfield thinks so, and wrote a powerful book on this very subject, entitled “The War of Art”. (Not to be confused with the famous book “The Art of War” by the ancient Chinese military general, strategist and tactician, Sun Tzu.)
Pressfield’s contention is that we have two lives. The life we are currently living, and our unlived life; which I would also call our dream life, or our most amazing future. What separates the two is resistance. Pressfield says “Resistance is the most toxic force on the planet..If you believe in God (and I do) resistance prevents us from achieving the life God intended when He endowed each of us with our own unique genius.” Pressfield goes into elaborate detail as to what a monster resistance is. I love this thought. And I do believe there are forces that keep us from achieving our dream life, or our unlived life.
I like to call the resistance discussed in Pressfield’s book, the “River of Resistance.” Accomplishing our unlived life rests on us being able to cross this river. Not only does it have a powerful current, making it very difficult to cross on our own, but it also has 5 major obstacles (some, interesting characters) that we need to recognize and then strategize against, in order to move past them.
In this next blog series, we will dive deeper into these 5 obstacles you’ll meet along the River of Resistance. At the end, we will give you a blueprint to build your own bridge over the River of Resistance, to your unlived life. This will be an exciting journey; I’m looking forward to having you along.
Strength and Honor,