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Resistance is a concept created by American author Steven Pressfield that illustrates the universal force that acts against human creativity. It is first described in his non-fiction book The War of Art and is again illustrated in the follow up book Do The Work. It is also a recurring themes in some of his fiction novels such as The Legend of Bagger Vance and The Virtues of War.
Resistance is described as a universal force that has one sole mission: to keep things as they are. Pressfield claims that Resistance does not have a personal vendetta against anyone, rather it is simply trying to accomplish its only mission. It is the force that will stop an individual from taking action to create their dream through any means necessary, whether it be reasoning, inspiring fear, emphasizing other chores that require attention, distractions, and much more. It will use any tool to stop creation flowing from an individual, no matter what field the creation is in.
Pressfield goes on to claim that Resistance is the most dangerous element to our lives and dreams since its sole mission is to sabotage those dreams. He goes on to illustrate steps to overcome this force and keep it subdued so that individuals can create to their fullest potential, although Resistance is never fully gone.