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Friday, June 28, 2013

Breaking Through Resistance and Procrastination

Filed under: Procrastination — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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Bob Burg, Guest Author

I was really struggling with a writing project I had… to the point that I was procrastinating, plain and simple. I couldn’t seem to begin.

procrastination2Fortunately, a little book was suggested that might help. I read it immediately and utilized the information in order to complete the project right away.

The book was, “Do the Work” by Steven Pressfield; his follow-up to The War of Art.

I really needed to read it and will do so from now on whenever I find myself procrastinating! Immediately after completing my project, I re-read The War of Art which was also a great book but didn’t have quite the effect on me as did this latest one. I got more out of it this time. Apparently, the timing of the message made a huge difference.

When I posted my struggle with procrastination and this project on my Facebook page I was inundated with comments from lots of my friends – many of them fellow authors – who had (and several who are right now) struggled with this same problem; procrastination.

Procrastination is a killer to one’s success, and it typically does not take place in a vacuum. Rather, it is a function of what Pressfield calls “resistance.”

Actually, it’s resistance that is the killer; procrastination is merely a symptom. And, not just to writers but to entrepreneurs, those who want to lose weight, do the “right thing” in the face of negative peer pressure or – as the author pointed out – practically anything that “we know we need to do.”

This is so important, let me share with you exactly what he says about this on the inside flap of his book:

“DO THE WORK. Our enemy is not lack of preparation; it’s not the difficulty of the project, or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account. THE ENEMY IS RESISTANCE. The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications and a million reasons why he can’t/shouldn’t/won’t do what we know we need to do. START BEFORE YOU’RE READY.”

Is resistance – in the form of procrastination – an issue for you, as it is for me?

Then you might want to purchase “Do The Work.” It’s a short, quick read that just might help you bust your way past what’s holding you back from realizing your greatness.

BONUS Article: Procrastination… Can Disrupt Your Networking Agenda!


Copyright © 2013 – Bob Burg. Bob Burg is author of “Endless Referrals: Network Your Everyday Contacts Into Sales” and coauthor of “The Go-Giver” both with over 250,000 copies sold. Visit Bob’s BLOG.


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  1. Greetings from Florida! I’m bored at work so I decided to check out your blog on my iPhone during lunch break.

    I love the info you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.
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    Comment by herme — Monday, September 29, 2014 @ 5:29 pm | Reply

  2. Bob Burg is actually one of my favorite authors. I know he just was in Canton, OH this week for a speaking engagement because many of my friends there were attending. Great speaker with a message that everyone could benefit from.

    My favorite is one of his other books, ‘The Go-Giver’ (on –, which has really changed the way I think about money and about how I run my business. Check out The Five Laws of Stratospheric Success (…if these resonate with you, you’ll probably want to check out the book as well. Let me know what you think. 🙂

    Comment by connectwithgreg — Saturday, June 29, 2013 @ 7:00 pm | Reply

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