Fight the Resistance

fight the resistance

fight the resistanceIn other words, any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth, health, or integrity. – Steven Pressfield

Book One of The War of Art is where Steven Pressfield defines Resistance. He starts that definition by listing a wide range of activities and commitments that invite Resistance to show up.

Pressfield mostly focuses on artistic occupations in his discussion of Resistance, however this list that he starts with makes it clear that he understands that Resistance shows up in all areas of life.

Regardless of your trading philosophy, “rejecting immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth” is almost certainly a key component. That is exactly why Resistance is so prevalent among traders.

Much like great artists, great traders must work and study for years with almost no reward before they are likely to achieve even a modest level of success. Delaying immediate gratification in this manner is difficult, and that is exactly where Resistance breeds.

In those late nights or early mornings, Resistance will show up to tell you that you are wasting your time. It will remind you how tired you are, and what you are missing on TV. Resistance can make football and beer sound like heaven and financial success feel like hell.

Fight the Resistance.