150: BOOK REVIEW: Do The Work by Steven Pressfield


“Don’t think act! We can always revise and revisit once we’ve acted, but we can accomplish nothing until we act.” – Steven Pressfield

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Are you resistant to doing the actual work to get where you want to go? Do you find yourself in a place of continual procrastination on doing the things that you know you should be? You’re definitely not alone! What you’re experiencing is extremely common in the human race, and it’s why I’m reviewing the book “Do The Work” by Steven Pressfield on this episode!

Think about the projects that you have wanted to do in the past, and what may have held you back from them. Do you find yourself having a hard time starting? Do you find yourself caught in a cycle of endless research and study on the topic, without actually getting down to the nitty gritty of actually getting it done? Have you experienced friction and difficulty in actually finishing the last bit of the tasks you’ve started?

If you’re familiar with any of this, this episode is for you! But be warned: This advice is not for the faint of heart, or for those who would rather procrastinate and “research” their work. This is specifically designed to SHOCK you out of that mode, and into a mode of intense, unrelenting action toward your goals! So listen up, and get ready to make the progress you want on this episode of The James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways

  • Resistance comes from any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term gain
  • The more important a call or action is to our goals, the more resistance we will feel in trying to do it
  • Your friends and family tend to be invested in who they know as, which is who you were, not who you are becoming
  • Be clueless and cocky enough to think you can do anything. Don’t think, just believe in what you can do
  • Research can be procrastination. Just do it!
  • Think big. Go for it!
  • Figure out where you want to be, and work backwards from there
  • Record ideas as they come to you, so that you don’t forget them! Then go back and play them later
  • Don’t be ashamed of a crash. They always come, are part of the journey, and are the only way to get where you want to go
  • Finishing is the critical part of any project, and takes more effort than any other part of the process. Finish what you start!

“Research can become resistance. We want to work, not prepare to work.” – Steven Pressfield

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“Do The Work” by Steven Pressfield

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