In the book, Do the Work, Steven Pressfield talks about the self-sabotage we do to ourselves and what to do to overcome that self-sabotage. Here are my reflections on the topic in the book.
It is not enough to just get over the wall, everything inevitably “crashes” at some point.
“Ringing the Bell”
In SEAL training, you can ring a bell when you are ready to quit.
We all have the same bell, but will we ring it?
“Crashes Are Good”
We crash when we fail, but failure can be a good teacher.
It is up to us to learn from the crash and figure out the difference between what worked and what did not.
“Panic Is Good”
When we are a good streak or when the successful end is in sight, we sometimes panic.
Panic can set in when we are about to experience a change.
Our natural instinct kicks in and alerts us something big is about to happen.
When we panic, it is a sign that we are changing and growing.
When problems arise, the professionals work the problem.
“A professional does not take success or failure personally,” said Pressfield.
The professional leverages the internal forces from the beginning of the project to power through, Stupidity, Stubbornness, and Blind Faith.
For a writer, working the problem may involve a re-write.
At last, we all solve the problem and get through the hell of Resistance.