Competence: know your enemy

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What is getting in the way of you getting better?

  • Apathy is the enemy.
  • Good enough is the enemy.
  • Procrastination is the enemy.
  • Distraction is the enemy.
  • Entitlement is the enemy.
  • Surrendering is the enemy.
  • Excuse-making is the enemy.
  • Fear is just fear.
  • Your choice is: give up or get up.

These are universal, human barriers to expanding the envelope of knowledge, skills, and achievement. You are not alone. We all share a similar struggle.

Know your enemy.

Steven Pressfield wraps them all together and gives the enemy a name: “Resistance.” Here’s his description as it relates to procrastination:

“The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. We don’t just put off our lives today; we put them off till our deathbed.

Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny. This second we can turn the tables on Resistance.

This second, we can sit down and do our work.”

― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Resistance takes no prisoners and will use every trick in the book to keep you from achieving your potential. It is a persistent seducer. And like Jason, the infamous character in the Halloween movie series, Resistance will keep coming back, testing your self-awareness and discipline to endure the slings and arrows of personal growth.

But once you recognize Resistance, and the various ways it seeks to hold you back from reaching your potential, it loses its power and becomes a familiar annoyance.

Be a High-Trust Leader: recognize the enemy, then get up and display the courage to get to work to raise your game.