Fear Is Good: The War of Art …

Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance. Therefore the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That’s why we feel so much Resistance. If it meant nothing to us, there’d be no Resistance.
― Steven Pressfield from The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

We fear discovering that we are more than we think we are. More than our parents/children/teachers think we are. We fear that we actually possess the talent that our still, small voice tells us. That we actually have the guts, the perseverance, the capacity. We fear that we truly can steer our ship, plant our flag, reach our Promised Land. We fear this because, if it’s true, then we become estranged from all we know. We pass through a membrane. We become monsters and monstrous.
― Steven Pressfield from The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Fear doesn’t go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.
― Steven Pressfield from The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

The artist cannot look to others to validate his efforts or his calling. If you don’t believe me, ask Van Gogh, who produced masterpiece after masterpiece and never found a buyer in his whole life.
― Steven Pressfield from The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.
― Steven Pressfield from The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Here’s another test. Of any activity you do, ask yourself: If I were the last person on earth, would I still do it?
― Steven Pressfield from The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

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