Recently my narrative, that little voice driving my view of the world, has had me thinking about people. Not in ways I’m proud of. The narrative has become negative and aggressive. Frankly, I’m starting to feel like I don’t like people. This, of course is ridiculous, and completely detrimental to my mission. This reminds me of the resistance Steven Pressfield writes of. In a nutshell, the resistance is the militant arm of mediocrity. It is the distractions and self doubt that stop you and I from climbing out of the average. This is a new and very affective attack from the resistance.
Attack on Hindenburg line (Photo credit: National Library of Scotland)
While out on a run yesterday, I decided to unplug and face this resistance head on. Seth Godin writes that as the resistance gets more intense, we should celebrate. I decided to leave the party hat behind and stick with my Brooks running cap. I ran with a smile as I realized that my work and my art is getting better. The resistance is threatened now more than ever. This is evidenced by the hardened strike force of subtly (the slow increase of my negative narrative) rather than simple distractions is used to see.
The break in the armor of the resistance is found in facing it head on. After all, the resistance uses elements of truth to strike at the core of our creative spirit.
I realized it is not people who I hate. I hate what I see so many of them doing and not doing, and of course I see a reflection of this in myself. These “people” are fake, wasting time, and are bored and boring. They are awkward, uncomfortable in silence and never present. They are all busy doing things, but busy doing the wrong things. These are all things I see creeping up in myself. If I am to succeed in my mission of helping people achieve awesomeness, I must be aware of my vulnerability to these attacks. In fact, these “things” are all the things this site is all about changing.
Intentional living is not easy, but it is the way only way to succeed. Success doe not happen by chance.
The resistance is much more savvy with me than simple Facebook pings or email interruptions. I’ve built effective defenses to these and have created better work with the gained focus. This is a good thing.
I share this because we are all in this together. I’m excited that my art is worth attacking. My narrative is not that difficult to change. The simple process of knowing my mission and being aware that I am in fact living and creating my own narrative on a daily basis gave me the wisdom to re write the current and dangerous direction it was going.
What is your narrative telling you that is pulling you toward mediocrity? How are you fighting back?