The Grind-ies are the gravelly, down and dirty, mentally painful, zero-to-something thinking, learning, and producing that it takes to create something of your own. The Grind-ies Challenge is a 30 day pursuit to enter the Grind-ies mindset on a regular basis and document the experience.
I emailed Steven Pressfield last night.
He's the author of The War of Art, the classic, life-changing book that singles out the ugly, toxic energy that accompanies creative motivation.
He calls it Resistance and asserts that the artist must battle and defeat its negativity daily.
Resistance can come in the form of eating, fighting, procrastinating, and using almost anything as an excuse: health, kids, pets, weather, government, or anything else the human mind can use as a rationalization tool.
I shared with him my Grind-ies Challenge.
He emailed me back and offered even more advice.
Two more emails were exchanged.
Steven claims that the writer, creator, or long-term goal-setter goes pro when they defeat Resistance day in and day, not when they sell enough units to buy a house, a car, or get a spot on The View.
Steven proved his sincerity by treating me like a writing peer.
He could have called me a "kid" and directed me towards his newsletter.
He didn't though.
He was true to his words.
I'll be sad if I don't take my creativity as far as I can, but I'll be devastated if creative projects stop rattling a person's inner life.
Several see creativity, some experience it, a few feel it, but one person is roused enough by its grace to dedicate their life to it.
The cycle continues.
Time in the Grind-ies: 3 hours, 21 minutes
Projects: freelance gig, 3 proposal emails
How I felt afterward: I also tackled Resistance by emailing a principal about my recess program. The gut feeling was so loud I couldn't take it anymore. I told myself I would tomorrow and that I didn't want to wake up to a rejection email. I did it anyway.