By Steven Pressfield | Published: November 11, 2015
One of the questions I get asked a lot is, “How do I decide on my next project? I have so many ideas, I don’t know which one to choose.”
My usual answer is, “Pick the one that scares you the most.”
The reason this works is you’re using your own Resistance to guide you. Since Resistance will always be strongest in the case of the project that’s most important to the evolution of your soul, you will feel the most fear when you contemplate working on that project.
Voila! That’s the one you should choose, just like an actor or actress always picks the role that challenges her the most, the one that will make her stretch the furthest.
But sometimes (I know, I know), we’ve got ten potential projects rattling around inside our skulls and we can’t tell which one we’re most scared of (or which one we like the most.)
What do we do then?
My method is to pick the two or three most promising and start working on all of them.
It’s kinda like the Republican primary race.
Will Trump come out on top? Ben Carson? Marco Rubio? Will Jeb Bush rediscover his mojo at the eleventh hour?
We can’t tell yet.
It’s too early.
But bank on this: with the passage of time, a clear winner will emerge.
Same thing with our three (or more) competing projects.
Yeah, right now we can’t tell if it’s A, B, or C. But a month from now, C’s gonna start feeling a little shopworn.
We’ll narrow the race to A and B.
Eventually the fog will disperse and we’ll pick one (let’s say A).
Six months from then we’ll look back and say, “I can’t believe I ever took B and C seriously. It was so obvious that A was the best!”
So if you’re tearing your hair out trying to choose between competing projects … relax. Take the pressure off yourself. Keep working on all of them, just like the GOP candidates are out there jetting back and forth between Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Time will tell.
The weaker will drop out.
The cream will rise to the top.
(Me, I’m voting for Hillary.)