“All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is to act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Dorothea Brande
I’ve been struggling with inertia lately in the areas of fitness, blogging, and writing in general.
To give myself credit, I have been walking a lot. On a recent trip to Spain and France, I walked miles every day and kept up with my family. But I came back home having gained a few pounds, and I was already a bit overweight. I had eaten what I wanted to on my vacation – who can resist French desserts? One day I had a chocolate-filled croissant as part of breakfast, dessert at lunchtime (included in the meal price) and dessert at dinner (again, it was included.) Three desserts in one day! All my walking was healthy, but it wasn’t enough to work off three desserts.
Given that I haven’t been taking the best care of my body, I’ve avoided writing a blog post. How can I write about taking better care of ourselves when I weigh 15 pounds more than I want to? I do want to express the truth.
So what is the answer for me?
I decided to write a blog post exploring the question of inertia and end it by asking my readers for support. My first step was to pull out the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, which I’ve previously recommended for those struggling with resistance about using their talents. But Pressfield says that seeking support is another way to avoid our real work. “Seeking support from family and friends is like having your people gathered around at your death-bed. It’s nice, but when the ship sails, all they can do is stand on the deck waving goodbye.” Ouch.
So what is Pressfield’s solution? He says we must “turn pro”; that is, to act like professionals. Show up every day and do our work. His teachings remind me of the Nike slogan, “Just do it!”
And how do we do that? Pressfield urges us to call upon the Higher Realm – in his case angels and muses. “. . . There are forces we can call our allies.” He says that by using our talents, we are serving God. “Do it as an offering to God. . . .The work comes from Heaven anyway. Why not give it back?”
Being a woman of faith, I like this idea and can apply it to my resistance to writing. I do think God wants me to use the writing talents He gave me. But does this teaching apply to fitness?
I think it does. Fitness is about self-control and taking care of the body that God has given me.
I will keep taking steps to overcome inertia and will share my struggles and successes with you. I hope you will do the same.
Is there something that you feel called to do that you’ve been avoiding? Have you overcome such resistance in the past? Please share your thoughts.