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May 6, 2024

#370: Unblock Your Potential by Overcoming Resistance with Steven Pressfield

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Authenticity, Belonging, Boundaries, Career, Commitment, Conflict, Creative Expression, Creative Journey, Creativity, Daily Practice, Dedication, Inspiration, Meaningful Work, Mental Health, Obstacles, Opportunities, Perseverance, Personal Growth, Purpose, Resilience, Resistance, Self-Doubt, Self-Love, Self-Worth, Transformation


In this episode, I welcome bestselling author Steven Pressfield to the podcast. Steven dives into the idea of relating differently to resistance and embracing creativity in our lives. We discuss the commitment, self-awareness, and resilience in navigating the complex path of creative expression as well as the perseverance, self-doubt, and the internal battles creatives face. Steven shares practical strategies for confronting resistance, including the transformative power of daily practice, and emphasizes the role of dedication and authenticity in fulfilling creative visions. Tune in to hear this meaningful conversation that will undoubtedly inspire you to overcome obstacles, seize opportunities, and embrace your creative journey.

Steven Pressfield is the bestselling author of fiction and nonfiction including The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire, and A Man at Arms, as well as the classics on creativity, The War of Art, Turning Pro, and his most recent, The Daily Pressfield. He lives in Los Angeles.


0:00:00 Intro

0:01:47 Fear’s Connection to Resistance

0:05:54 Procrastination’s Role in Resistance

0:07:01 Authentic Creativity

0:16:16 Confronting Resistance

0:18:05 Predictable Points of Resistance

0:20:54 The Journey of Self-Expression

0:22:26 Dynamics of Resistance in Partnerships

0:26:06 Confronting Death to Give Birth

0:27:44 The Impact of Acknowledging Death

0:31:00 Honoring What’s Trying to Come Through You

0:40:15 Relationship to Mysticism 

0:42:31 The Turning Point

0:48:07 Persistence: I Won’t Accept This

0:55:13 Start Before You’re Ready

0:57:46 Daily Practice for Creatives


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