How to Defeat the Resistance

Be the Squirrel

Recently I compared the Resistance that crops up when writing (or pursuing any dream) to the tenacious squirrel who refuses to be run off our backyard bird feeder. This week, as I carried my laptop to the kitchen in order to work on my novel, Rewriting Destiny, as I prepped meals for my girls, the same phrase kept running through my mind: be the squirrel.

No, I’m not talking about being the Resistance to your or somebody else’s dream.

I’m talking about being tenacious, cunning, persistent, and unrelenting in the pursuit of your dream. Be the squirrel.

When you have been given a gift, a purpose, a passion, you must protect it, fight for it, and show up for it. Be the squirrel.

If you are going to defeat the doubts, you must show up and make your writing or your dream a priority. Be the squirrel.

For me this week, that meant keeping my story up on my computer screen and adding words sometimes in small spurts of five words and other times in longer writing sprints of 15 or 20 minutes, and at times 30-45 minutes. Be the squirrel.

For me, that meant bringing my computer into the kitchen while I was getting meals for my girls and pausing in meal prep to capture words from my mind onto the page and building a significant scene word by word. Be the squirrel.

For me, that meant playlists to evoke the emotions of my story, and discussions with my husband and a good friend about the specifics of the world in which my story takes place. Be the squirrel.

In his book, The War of Art, Steven Pressfield puts it this way:

Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action.

Do it or don’t do it.

Take action. Make time. Protect your passion and purpose. Be the squirrel.

The thing about the squirrels who repeatedly show up on our bird feeder, hanging upside down with their back feet, and taking their fill, is they are not easily intimidated or dissuaded. No mater the noise or the chasing or our seemingly formidable presence, they return. In fact, sometimes they don’t even run off very far because they aren’t ready to quit. Be the squirrel.

There are countless excuses and obstacles to writing or creating or fulfilling our purpose. The doubts and the lies can be beaten back, but they will return. Even so, the choice remains ours. Will we show up no matter what? Will we defend our dream from the doubts and naysayers? Will we boldly declare ourselves the writer, painter, scientist, apostle, we were created to be with our actions?

Be the squirrel.

How will you be the squirrel for your dream today?

2 thoughts on “How to Defeat the Resistance

  1. ‘Be the squirrel ‘ is a fitting mantra. One thing I’ve done this year is to publish my novella, ‘Jasmine Tea,’ after 3 years rewriting. The story was a top 10 finalist in Tieferet’s 2014 short story contest.

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