Defy Your Demons

TAGS: The War of Art, Defy Your Demons, Chris Tutella, perfection, new year's resolution, Steven Pressfield, fear, greatness, action, resistance

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Perfect. Time.

We search for it. We hope for it. And unfortunately, we wait for it.

We wait for perfection.

The perfect time to start a diet, a training program, a career change, a big move.

We wait, we wait, and we wait.

One day you wake up and realize 50 years just went by, and you’re still waiting.

You constantly tell yourself that “as soon as I lose 20 pounds I’ll stop smoking”.

There always seems to be a time ahead of this moment that will be better for you to start.

Truthfully, there is no better time than this moment, right now. The perfection you seek is within you.


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No, I’m not saying that any of us will ever be perfect.

What I am saying is that the greatness within you is found within the pursuit of perfection.

Greatness is in the blood that pulses through your veins. And once you commit yourself to the pursuit of perfection you get closer and closer to unleashing it.

Your life begins to change at the very moment you decide to TAKE MASSIVE ACTION!

Many people suffer from paralysis by analysis.

They try to create the perfect plan, at the perfect time, and try to gather too much information from too many different sources.

I have seen this time and time again, and the only way to avoid this is to focus solely on your plan and see it all the way through.

However trying to perfect your plan is a mistake. You have to start right away, and if you change it along the way that’s fine, what matters is that you start, right now.

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General Patton said, “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week”.

If people would just start their work they would gain the momentum they need to achieve results — in anything in life.

In Steven Pressfield’s book, “The War of Art” he discusses the different types of resistance you will face, and how to avoid it.

Resistance comes in all shapes, sizes and faces, as well as in your own mind, especially through fear.

“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”

Fear will can hold you back.

It can punch you in the gut and hold you down if you let it. This is something I struggled with for most of my childhood.

Feeling it is ok.

Because we all feel it. You are human too.

But what we must understand is that we have to face that fear. We have to push through. Recognize that it is real, then lower your shoulder and smash through it.

Many people worry about what others may think. If others will like them after they say what’s on their mind. They consume themselves with the thoughts of others, more than what they think about themselves.

In Steve Jobs’ famous Stanford commencement speech he says, “Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is the result of other people’s thinking.”

It’s sad to see people at the end of the road and they look back on their lives with regrets. They regret what they could have done, and never did because they were held back by dogma.

They were trapped. Paralyzed by the worry of the thoughts and beliefs of others.

Remember that this is your life. You have to live it the way YOU want. Not what your parents, peers and teachers want, but YOU.

So don’t worry. Don’t wait. Just DO, and along the way you will find your true self.

This day and age we are consumed with information overload. We seek out advice from all different “experts”.

One contradicts the other, and you become more confused than you were before you started.

Which is why you have to focus on one idea, program, diet, etc. and stick it out until the end.

Don’t constantly look for the next big idea.

Stick to your plan and give it everything you got. You will have achieved far greater progress than if you bounced around from program to program, or diet to diet.

You can go online and find why one program sucks more than another, or why you should be doing this instead of that and vice versa. Which is exactly why you can’t keep trying to search for the next best thing.

You will never get anywhere that way.

Just work, and work hard.


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Sometimes in life we get hit in the face with shit, and that can derail you from your progress.

This is another form of paralysis.

We decide to stop our work because something didn’t go our way. We complain about our circumstances, and start to focus on that instead of our bigger goal.

Look, in life, shit happens.

It sucks and sometimes is extremely painful.

But keep in mind that shit will happen, at one point or another, and it is your responsibility to keep moving forward. You owe it to yourself and to the world to unleash the greatness inside of you. One way or another, your greatness will affect another life.

Which is why you cannot stop.

Adversity is your best teacher, so learn from it. Keep moving forward.

Pain is inevitable.

Which is why putting yourself through physical pain in training is so important in my opinion.

It teaches you that you can overcome pain, no matter how bad it is. If you keep working and think about the end result, eventually that pain will subside.

So never, EVER give in to pain. As you experience the inevitable pain that life hits you with you will then be conditioned to know how to deal with it.

People often let these forms of “paralysis” stop them in their tracks. Information overload, fear, worry, doubt, pain, and searching for perfection are more common than you may think. I have seen it over and over with people I have worked with throughout the years.

You have to be honest with yourself. If you recognize that you are being held back, you have to be ready to work through it.

Understand that you have the ability to overcome whatever demons you are facing, and work like hell to overcome them.

I hope that this post can help you get there in some small way.

If there is anything I can do to help personally, feel free to shoot us an email at info@tutelatraining.com.

Thanks for reading guys!

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