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What I Must Do Is Ship

“Remember, our enemy is not lack of preparation; it’s not the difficulty of the project or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account. The enemy is Resistance. The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications, and a million reasons why we can’t/shouldn’t/won’t do what we know we need to do.”
— Steven Pressfield, “Do The Work”

As I write this post, I’m feeling the effects of massive Resistance. On one hand it’s a constant knot in my stomach, a faint headache, and a continuous pull to want to go to sleep.

The rational part of me knows I must tune out this Voice of Doubt and focus on getting this done.

The fear is irrational. I’m not face-to-face with a sabre-toothed tiger. I’m not walking a tightrope between two buildings or jumping a canyon on a rocket bike.

All I have to do is deliver an outline for my book, as part of my homework for the Book Breakthrough Mentor experience I’m doing with Janet Goldstein and Elizabeth Marshall.

The problem is that I’ve been wanting to produce this book for too many years. The idea of someday being a published author has been with me for so long that it has become a part of how I see and define myself. Not the “published author” part, but the “idea of someday being” part.

I’ve decided to draw this line in the sand, to move from the “someday I will be” to the “I am“.

However to do so means negating an important part of my self-image, jettisoning a part of me that has been with me for so long. And to replace it with something potential…possible…but as yet unknown.

Making this transition is probably the most frightening experience of my life.

The time for excuses is over. I must ship.

“What you do for a living is not be creative, what you do is ship.”
— Seth Godin



For more information

“Do The Work” by Steven Pressfield

Video: Seth Godin: Quieting the Lizard Brain from 99% on Vimeo.

Article: “Fear”

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