Previously I wrote about the idea that we all have a calling in life, and I’ve also written about how resistance is the enemy. Steven Pressfield wrote about resistance in The War of Art, and he also described how it can help point our lives in the right direction in another book, Do The Work:
Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more resistance we feel towards pursuing it.
So if what feels like resistance does come up in whatever endeavour we are pursuing, how do we know if we should push on, or that it’s a loser that we should quit? This is a question I’ve pondered previously.
This is where instinct comes in to play. It’s like a compass that helps point the way, while resistance tries to shove us in the opposite direction.
Learning to follow your instincts doesn’t have to be a laborious process, but it is going to involve trial and error. If you have this nagging feeling that you should do something, that’s your instincts talking.
Sometimes what you thought was the right path to go on is going to prove to be a dead end. I like to think that the work that you had to do to get to that dead end made you evolve in some necessary way, so it’s not all wasted effort.
Work, zig, zag, adjust, and sometimes, start over.