The Lizard Book, Volume 1
Origins of the Lizard
Steven Pressfield’s “The War of Art” is an essential read. In it, he establishes a concept called Resistance. In his words, “Resistance is the most toxic force on the planet. It is the root of more unhappiness than poverty, disease, and erectile dysfunction. To yield to Resistance deforms our spirit. It stunts us and makes us less than we are and were born to be […] Every sun casts a shadow, and genius’s shadow is Resistance. As powerful as is our soul’s call to realization, so potent are the forces of Resistance arrayed against it. Resistance is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, harder to kick than crack cocaine.”
Whether on college campuses, trendy corner cafés or in a dentist’s office, if you look around, you can find Resistance. It’s that force that makes us doubt ourselves; it bends us until we conform to others’ expectations; it robs us of our vision and supplants our dreams with “pragmatism.”
In sum, Resistance is a metaphor for every fear, every doubt, every conviction that we’re not good enough, not well-trained enough, that we lack credibility – that we lack worth.
The Lizard is Implacable
As Mr. Pressfield puts it, “Resistance is like the Alien or the Terminator or the shark in Jaws. It cannot be reasoned with. It understands nothing but power. It is an engine of destruction, programmed from the factory with one object only: to prevent us from doing our work..”
So What’s the Point of the Lizard Book?
Lizard Book, Volume 1 is all about confronting the lizard brain (a personification of Resistance). Its goal is to help you recognize where the lizard pops up (say, when you pull out a pencil to draw something unique and personal) and what it sounds like (in this case, “Don’t do it! You’re a crappy artist! Nobody wants to see what you create.”).
Lizard Brain, 99.999% of the time, is lying to you. It has evolutionary reasons for existing, but is almost entirely irrelevant to your daily context, and does nothing but drag you down and destroy your potential.
Lizard Is a Chronic Liar
We hope this book can serve as a tool to recognize and defend yourself from that slimy, scaly lizard in your brain – the internal Resistance which too many of us treat as the gospel truth. Massive opportunities will open up before you if you can just call out your fear for what it is: lizard brain. Nothing more, nothing less.