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EP. 097: How to Get Unstuck When Doubt Takes Over With Steven Pressfield

What do you aspire to be? 
 
A writer? podcaster? photographer? entrepreneur? 
 
For me, my aspirations were not linear or traditional by any means. 
 
After getting accepted into Yale Law School, the next logical step would have been to put that degree to use at a law firm. So you can only imagine the looks I received from friends and family, when after graduation I decided to become a photographer instead….
 
Followed by becoming a podcast host…
 
Followed by becoming an author…
 
I wish making those steps, those transitions were as easy in practice as these statements make them sound. But they weren’t. I was met with resistance every step of the way. And, I’m not just talking about resistance from others – I’m mainly talking about my own internal resistance. 
 
So what about you? What does your journey look like? Where have you gotten stuck, paralyzed, or trapped along the way?
 
No matter what your goals or aspirations, my guest today, best-selling author Steven Pressfield-  has some good news for you! 
 

It doesn’t matter what you are trying to achieve, you WILL be met with resistance.

 
I’m talking about the self-sabotage, procrastination, fear, arrogance, and self-doubt that is INSIDE you.
 
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, ‘you are your own biggest critic’. Well, that’s because chances are, you are!
 
So, how do you move past that? How do you get out of your own way?
 
I’ll let you in on Steven’s secret… the first step to achieving your dreams?
 
Learn to recognize, confront, and overcome that voice in your head.
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That voice in your head is your own resistance. That is the biggest obstacle standing in your way! YOU are your own biggest obstacle, friend.

BUT! Armed with the right knowledge and resolution, Steven says that you can acquire the self-motivation, self-discipline, and self-belief necessary to become a focused, mentally-tough working pro!
 
If that sounds like a good plan to you, then you are going to be blown away by the rest of our conversation where we also talk about:
 
  • Steven’s book “The War of Art” in the context of his brand new book, “A Man at Arms”
  • How both of these books represent the inner and outer battles we face when we try to create something that matters and send it out in the world
  • Ways to combat that unwanted resistance and the resources available that will help you succeed in what you set out to do
  • How fictional and nonfictional characters alike transition from one level to a much higher version of themselves  
If you are ready to stop thinking about what it is you want to become, and actually become that version of you, you will not want to miss today’s amazing episode with one of my all-time favorite authors!
 
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