A reason not to do it

There’s always a reason not to do it.

When it comes to almost any meaningful course of positive action — from whether I should go for a run this morning, to whether I should invest the time and energy required to create a new technology platform for aspiring sportswriters — if I turn over an egg-timer and start writing down a list of reasons not to do it, it’s almost certain the timer will run out before the reasons do.

Some reasons not to do it:

  • It’s not worth it.
  • It’s a waste of time.
  • It’s too difficult.
  • No-one will want it.
  • It’s too much work.
  • It costs too much.
  • I can’t do it.
  • I don’t have the track record.
  • Someone else has already done it.
  • Someone else will do it better.
  • I might be humiliated
  • It won’t be good enough.
  • I won’t be good enough.
  • I might die.

As Steven Pressfield described it in The War of Art, resistance only opposes in one direction:

Resistance only obstructs movement from a lower sphere to a higher. It kicks in when we seek to pursue a calling in the arts, launch an innovative enterprise, or evolve to a higher station, morally, ethically or spiritually.

So if you’re in Calcutta working with the Mother Teresa Foundation and you’re thinking of bolting to launch a career in telemarketing… relax. Resistance will give you a free pass.

So if you’re looking for a reason not to do it, you’ll find plenty.

As you know you’ll find them if you look, maybe the right question is not “What are some reasons not to do it?”

Maybe a better question is “What are some reasons I should do it now?”

Give yourself time to think. An egg-timer, at least. You’ll find plenty reasons to do it now, too.