linchpin & the resistance

i’ve been reading a lot of books lately. a lot of books about business, a lot of books about writing, a lot of books about anything that happens to look interesting when i go on an amazon.com spree. last week, about sixteen came in the mail. that was exciting. a few weeks ago i read a great book called linchpin by seth godin.

he talked about something called the “resistance”—this part of our brain that stands in the way of us truly accomplishing excellence in this life. that part of the brain is scared. scared of big actions and big goals. that part of the brain would rather rationalize, shouting a million little reasons for why you shouldn’t even try for that goal, you shouldn’t dream like you want to, you shouldn’t write that blog post.

then there’s procrastination. another form of resistance. why wouldn’t you sit down and do your work? why waste time on facebook and twitter and emails that aren’t pushing your business forward or helping you write that awesome piece you’ve been dying to write? you’re obviously scared of something. scared of sitting down to write and having it turn out like crap. scared of applying yourself fully in your business because what if nothing changes? what if you fall flat on your face?

yeah, sure. fair enough.

but what if it does? what if you sit down, you turn it all off, you unplug, you tell that stupid voice to shut up and you do your work? you could create something amazing.

i’m preaching to myself. i’ve been trying to implement this in my life in the past month. it’s amazing what you can get done. when you find yourself on facebook, ask, why the heck am i on facebook? is this the work i was created to do today? is this what the world needs from me? uhh, nope.

do you know what you were created to do? i feel like i was created to write. i was created to serve in my church. i was created to inspire people. i was created to be in the best shape i can be. i was created to eat healthy foods. i was created to live in a healthy place of rest and work: balance. i want to start doing that. you should start doing what you were created to do, too. it’s a lot of work, but it feels dang good at the end of the day.

i have many more thoughts on this subject, especially since i picked up “the war of art” by steven pressfield and my brain hasn’t been able to stop turning since i finished it. i’ll be back.

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  1. Cindy Knull says:

    Pressfield’s book has changed my world. And Linchpin has been on the backburner of my reading list for quite some time. This is the second blog I’ve read where it has been mentioned. My question is, will I learn something new in Linchpin that I didn’t learn in The War of Art?

  2. Cindy Knull says:

    Oh, and I need your blog designer. :)

  3. Dawn says:

    WOW that was CONVICTING!!! THanks for the PUSH forward :) Pray the Lord blesses the works of your hands today and from here forward!!!!

  4. Betsy says:

    ‘Love this. Have you read the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin? Uh-mazing. I’m working through it now and feeling so energized, inspired, and chastened. Which makes for a productive combination. Happy reading!

  5. Ellen says:

    This is exactly what I’ve been thinking about the past weeks. I have made some massive changes. But I find that it’s not failing I’m afraid of..It’s changes and success. It scares me, alot. I am pushing myself, and I am trying. And it really helps to see other people working on the same. Thank you, and good luck!

  6. Faith Bowyer says:

    That is a book that has been on my ‘to read’ list for a little while, and I’m going to try and make time to read it soon. It’s something that I NEED to read because this paragraph “he talked about something called the “resistance”—this part of our brain that stands in the way of us truly accomplishing excellence in this life. that part of the brain is scared. scared of big actions and big goals. that part of the brain would rather rationalize, shouting a million little reasons for why you shouldn’t even try for that goal, you shouldn’t dream like you want to” that you wrote, REALLY stands out to me right now. I’m in the middle of one of the biggest decisions of my life, and I’m sick of the million reasons why I shouldn’t do it, against the few big reasons why I should. Thanks Jamie, I needed this today :)

  7. melissa says:

    thank you for all your great book recommendations! i’ve picked up a couple you suggested and have loved them! great way to find new authors. you are such a talented writer yourself, jamie!

  8. Meridith says:

    Ohhh i must read this book now. Just gave notice at my full time non- photography job and can not wait to jump into full time photography. I had a lot of “resistance” but pushed though and did it, why stay at a job I am just so unhappy at? Thanks for this post!

  9. I haven’t read linchpin yet, but I almost finished war of art last night, amazing, and like you said it hasn’t let my brain shut off, and has helped me give a face to my own weaknesses. Started today by tackling a couple projects I’ve been putting off, and am now heading to a client meeting that I’m super excited about.

    Can’t wait to read linchpin.

    That’s the best question you can ask though, what was I created to do? and am I working towards that?

  10. s h e r r y says:

    Ooh. Very cool. That book sounds very interesting. I think I might pick it up! :)

  11. I’m reading THREE different books by Seth Godin at the moment. I’ll order this one too. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for your words, Jamie.

  12. Katie Yuen says:

    Very good point, but if I wasn’t on facebook/checking my blogs I wouldn’t have seen this post!

  13. yes, but the point is to check, read, within a specific time frame and then get to creating work of your own. ;)

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