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Resistance from Within

As I wait patiently for spring to arrive and renew my creative energy. I get stuck. I procrastinate. I hum and haw. I surf the web. I search for dust bunnies. The whole time I am restless and not doing anything that I love. I make a lot of excuses for not blogging, writing, or getting anything creative done.

the  war of art

It was this week that I picked up “The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Creative Battle” and it was at that moment I realized I was at war with myself for no good reason.  The only resistance I faced was the inner critic whispering in my ear that anything  I finished would not be good enough.

Steven Pressfield points out:

If resistance couldn’t be beaten there would be no Fifth Symphony, no Romeo and Juliet, no Golden Gate Bridge. Defeating resistance is like giving birth. It seems absolutely impossible until you remember that women have been pulling off successfully, with support and without for fifty million years.

The key is  to push against resistance when I am at war with my own inner critic and recognize that  sometimes that rational self  caters to the critics that want to judge us.  It’s when I fail to create I fail myself and I hate the words “I told you so!”

How do you overcome your own inner critic?

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

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  1. this is just what i needed to read today. thanks, and overcoming my own inner critic…have not reached that point yet.back to dusting i go… 😦 (the book sounds like a winner!)

    1. We all have been there it’s funny how that little devil on our shoulder can hold us back. The thing is just to tune him out and keep moving forward. I also know that is easier said than done sometimes…

      1. it is amazing how turned around we can get…all by ourself! thanks for sharing this post.
        you have a creative and wonderful week. ♥

  2. Loving your post – oh so true to at times:) My inner critic beats me down I just try to pick myself back up – been really having a hard time with this in my professional life. Putting this on my reading list – Happy Friday!

    1. I hope you enjoy it! I found some parts of the book hysterical and it helped work me out of my wintertime funk. I hope things start looking up for you in your professional life. Sometimes that can be the toughest 🙂

  3. Love the title and the sentiment of this book! That inner critic is a witch, and she LIES. “Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, and waste its sweetness on the desert air.” (Thomas Gray)

    Let’s get our flowers out where they can be seen!

    I’m in poetry mode this week, so here’s Langston Hughes:


    Hold fast to dreams
    For if dreams die
    Life is a broken-winged bird
    That cannot fly.
    Hold fast to dreams
    For when dreams go
    Life is a barren field
    Frozen with snow.

    1. She is a witch and I am putting her on her broom to the Arctic!

      Mel, that is a beautiful poem and it is the perfect reflection. I am going to copy it and place it somewhere on my desk for inspiration 🙂

  4. I write every day, whether I have anything to say or not. I put it out there and leave it. Some of it is great. Some is not. But, I always know that tomorrow I have another shot.

  5. I “step away from the laptop” for a while. Get into Nature. Then, I hit it again, like the ne’er-work-well machine in the moving “Office Space”, with a baseball bat – repeatedly. Kidding – I just walk away from it for a while to regroup.

    How is/was the book?

    1. I find when I escape outside it helps to clear the head and reflect on everything. We are going to the mountains soon and I find that can make all the difference on my perspective.

      The book was a fast and fun read – some sections where hilarious!

  6. We are truly our own worst enemies… but hey, I think we could overcome our inner critics by drinking a nice large glass of your crab appleade with a splash of “shut the hell up!” 😉

  7. My inner critic is a loud mouthed whiny pain in the tookus! I’ve issued a restraining order, but she keeps breaking it!

    There are times when I’ve convinced myself my inner critic has finally kicked the bucket, until I find myself hesitating and throwing barbs in an internal battle! Right now I feel on the upsweep, but next week? It’s so hard. I’m wishing you a very early spring!

    1. Thank you! I cannot wait for spring to arrive and feel a little more refreshed from the doldrums. That inner critic really does need to stay on restraining order!

      I look forward to seeing you at BlogHer 13 and packing my red lipstick! woot!

      1. Yes. I forged ahead and submitted my solo show for a festival. Its not complete but when they sent an email saying submit even if its not complete I pushed aside my critic and went for it.

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