How I Know When to Take a Creative Risk

By on Oct 24, 2013 in Risks and Passions | 1 comment

“The more important an activity is to your soul’s evolution, the more resistance you will feel to it…the more fear you’ll feel.” – Steven Pressfield I heard this quote while watching author Steven Pressfield’s interview with Oprah Winfrey on her show “Super Soul Sunday.”  As I wait for my library’s copy of his book The War of Art, I’ve had time to think about Pressfield’s concept of creative resistance.  In the last few days, I’ve fashioned my own personal version of his quote: The more important an activity is to my soul’s evolution, the more I’ll want to throw up. The urge to throw up is something that happens when I’m really frightened.  Despite that, when I ponder a creative challenge, my response has always been to face that fear.  I liken myself to Albert Brooks’ character in the movie “Defending Your Life.”  He dies unexpectedly and finds himself in “Judgment City” where those...