Why Is Starting So Difficult?

It’s the haunting blank screen. The blinking cursor awaiting a keystroke. It’s lacing up the shoes and the first step out the door. It’s sitting on the edge of the pool deck toeing the surface of the water. It’s the blank canvas.

It’s easier to stare at a blank screen than it is to write. It’s easier to sit inside than it is to run. It’s easier to read, research, plan and prepare than it is to do. It’s easier to watch TV, scroll my Instagram feed, watch the news, track the stock market than it is to start.

Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art addresses these realities head on. It’s resistance. And it fights to keep us exactly where we are. It fights for the status quo. It fights for ease. It fights for hiding behind normal. It fights against us.

“Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a painter who doesn’t paint, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what Resistance is.” – Steven Pressfield in The War of Art

Start now. Not later. Don’t wait for external motivation. Drive yourself. Face it. Start it. Do it. Do something. Whatever your something is.

The blank screen will always be waiting…

One thought on “Why Is Starting So Difficult?

  1. Adam—- I read some of his books and they were great. Then I read also The War Of Art, and wrote to him and we exchanged emails on the subject. And his books Gates of Fire and the Virtues of War—about Thermopylae and Alexander the Great were great. Nice blog, unfortunately my screen is still blank.


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