The War for Success

When you think of war or becoming a warrior, images of modern day soldiers on the battlefields of Afghanistan may come to your mind.  Or maybe you remember one of your favorite scenes from the movie, “Braveheart”.  Most leaders or entrepreneurs would not consider themselves warriors nor would they consider their quest for success as equal to warfare.

In Steven Pressfield’s book “The War of Art”, he labels the enemy of our success as “Resistance” (with a capital “R”).   Pressfield says:  “Resistance’s goal is not to wound or disable.  Resistance aims to kill.  Its target is the epicenter of our being; our genius, our soul, the unique priceless gift we were put on earth to give and that no one else has but us.  Resistance means business.  When we fight it, WE ARE IN A WAR TO THE DEATH.”

If you have a calling to be a force for good in your corner of the world, then you have met this enemy.  If you have ever considered a decision which would result in positive changes to your business, your family,  your finances, or your physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual health, you have encountered this enemy.

I call it the “Opposing Force” and if you believe in God, you have to believe that this force is evil.  But whatever you call it…..Resistance, the Opposing Force, Evil……it’s present.  It’s present when you make the decision to begin an exercise regimen.  It’s present when you pledge to read through the Bible in a year.  It’s there when you begin to study leadership in order to become a better leader.   It’s there when you make the declaration to become debt free.  It’s there when you want to write the book, paint the masterpiece, get a degree.

The Opposing Force wears many disguises some of which might look familiar to you:

Fear.  Procrastination.  Apathy.  Chaos.  Impossibility.  Insignificance.  Promise breaking.

The question for you as an individual, just as it is for nations, is this:  Do you believe enough in your mission or calling to be a force for good in the world to engage in this war and become a warrior?  We can choose to fight for our success or we can surrender.  Surrender is easy – at first. War is hard. Ronald Reagan said it very well:

“There is no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there is only one guaranteed way you can have peace – and you can have it in the next second – surrender.”

When have you encountered Resistance, or the Opposing Force, while on a mission to be a force for good in your business community, in your family, your church, or the world?   Were you tempted to surrender just to have peace?


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  • Sherri Roach

    Louise, this message is very powerful – we all need to fight the resistance!

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      I know I do!

  • Kelli

    Amen sister! Btw…I cant wait to begin the Bible book for a day!

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      So, how is it going?

  • Amanda Martinez

    Louise, this message speaks to me in volumes!

    • Kelli

      Me too!

  • Sharon LittleJohn

    Louise, Thank you for an in depth view of “everyday life” and for reminding us it is our “duty” to stand up and fight the Resistance! Not only for natural progression and success but for the “greater Good”, to leave a mark for others to follow. Thank you!

    • Kelli

      Very inspiring!

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Thanks for your comments, Sharon!

  • Lauren Layman

    I love this perspective. Thank you for the powerful message. It is inspiring.

    • Louise Thaxton

      Lauren – I know you have a warrior heart and you WILL fight for success!

    • Kelli


    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Thank YOU, Lauren!

  • Mike Giddens

    Wow, very powerful message here…..I know for me, I fight this war every morning when I wake up……I’m embrassed to even admit it, but I think I actually surrender before my feet even hit the floor. After reading this, I think it may be time for me to retreat, regroup, and then have a plan to launch another attack!

    • Louise Thaxton

      I love it – RETREAT, REGROUP and plan another attack – good one, Mike!

    • Kelli

      Good thoughts mike