By Coach Lorne McAlister
I’m a public speaker but I hate writing speeches. I’ve been doing this for 45 years now and it still takes every once of determination and grit to organize my thoughts and then think myself clear on paper. I’m still pacing in the green room, the chest is tight, the demand for the tension relief of deep breathing is absolutely essential. The voice of my inner critic fights me every step of the way to the podium. I thought at some point creative communication would get easier. It’s not. I still have to revert to the lifelong practice of calling myself, not what I think I am, or what other’s think I am, or even what I think the facts of life say I am but what I believe Creator God has called me to be and do.
Henry Fonda was still throwing up before each stage performance, even when he was seventy-five. The great hockey goalie Glen Hall did the same thing before each and every game he every played. 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.
Life coaching and pouring myself into the blogs and articles on my Coachlorne.ca website has turned me into an author. I have to fight to write every sentence.
I concur completely with Andy Andrews who stated: “I love having written but I hate writing.”
Steven Pressfield has done us all a great service when he penned and published his book “The WAR of ART.” The subtitle explains that initially ambiguous title; “Break Through the Blocks And Win Your Inner Creative Battles.”
His big word for the enemy of creativity is RESISTANCE.
“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.”
“Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a composer who doesn’t compose, an artist who doesn’t paint, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what Resistance is.”
“If you believe in God (and I do Pressfield declares) you must declare Resistance evil, for it prevents us from achieving the life God intended when He endowed each of us with our own unique genius.”
I love the punchline on the back cover of the book. “Creative work is… a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”
- Are you hijacked by Resistance?
- Has Resistance turned you into a C.A.V.E man where you are Constantly Avoiding Virtually Everything.?
- Let a life coach, like me, help you discover your ways to overpower the real and fantasy Resistance that’s got you stuck in neutral.
- It’s time to stop being good-for-nothing. It’s your time to be good-for-something. Give us what you’ve got.
- Give us your creative gift!
“A bell is not a bell until you ring it.
A song is not a song until you sing it.
Love in your heart wasn’t meant there to stay.
Love isn’t love until you give it away.”
GIVE US WHAT YOU’VE GOT!
PLEASE & THANK YOU!
When you've got everything to gain, and nothing to lose by saying yes, by all means say YES!