I’m in the throes of the thrash. The dark, quiet time that is necessary for creating things.
The time that many of us are very uncomfortable with.
The time where it looks like “nothing” is happening. To your stakeholders. To yourself.
Of course, there are scary things happening.
Steven Pressfield eloquently discusses this phenomenon in both The War of Art and Do the Work.
The excuses. The procrastination.
And the insistent internal voices that tell you that what you are doing is “stupid”, “not good enough”, “not worth the effort”.
The struggle to see “The Resistance” for what it is.
Seeing the fear behind the resistance.
Identifying the trends behind the resistance.
These days, the resistance shows up for me when I have to ask others – for help, for information, for anything.
I can move through the resistance by doing the next small step.
The smaller the better.
Celebrating doing the thing that scares me.
Worrying about “results” later.
I did the thing! Progress!!!!
Slowly chipping away. Quietly practicing the new, scary behavior without an audience.
In the necessary darkness.
If I get through the resistance – my creation will see the light of day.
I’ve written about this before: