I have a confession to make: yesterday’s post wasn’t really finished. I simply ran out of time, and even though I wanted to give it another read, to tweak it some, to tighten it and make it a little punchier, I just couldn’t.
So I published it.
And you know what? I bet you didn’t notice, because my own inner critic screams a heck of a lot louder than you do. And if you did notice, you probably didn’t care all that much.
I just finished Stephen Pressfield’s manifesto Do the Work (available for FREE on Kindle), the second book published by The Domino Project. It’s an entire book about the Resistance, a malevolent force (an actual dragon) out to fight you to the death, to stop you in your tracks, to keep you from producing great art and for sharing your gifts with the world.
It will take you about two hours to read this book, and I promise it will stick with you for the rest of your life. Every time you start to hesitate, to hold back, to put off something even a little bit, you’ll know that dragon is out there leering at you, snickering in the knowledge that he might win another round.
That dragon was telling me not to post yesterday, was telling me the post wasn’t good enough. Tomorrow it will tell me that I don’t have a post in me, or if I do come up with something, it will tell me that what I do have to say isn’t good enough or insightful enough or clever enough to make it worth reading.
My ace in the hole is that I’ve already shipped. I do it every day. I know how to win this battle.
And so do you. Fight on!
(Here’s the link again to Do the Work, free on Kindle, in case something or someone held you back from getting it the first time. Pressfield is the real deal, the author of 8 books, and he knows of what he speaks.)