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<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/n">Hell Yeah or No</a>”:</div>
<h1>Saying no to everything else</h1>
<small>2015-09-23</small>
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	<a href="https://stevenpressfield.com/about/">Steven Pressfield</a> called himself an author for years, but he’d never actually finished a book.
	Eventually, the psychological pain of not finishing kept building until he couldn’t stand it anymore.
	He decided to finally beat the devil he calls “The Resistance”.
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	He created a situation with no escape.
	He rented a cabin, brought his typewriter, and shut off all other options.
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	He said,
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	“I didn’t talk to anybody during that year…
	I didn’t hang out.
	I just worked.
	I had a book in mind and I had decided I would finish it or kill myself.
	I could not run away again, or let people down again, or let myself down again.
	This was it, do or die.”
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	After a difficult year of wrestling with those inner demons and avoiding all temptations, he did it.
	He finished his first book.
	It wasn’t a success, but it didn’t matter.
	He had finally beat The Resistance.
	He went on to write many successful novels.
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	He told this story in the great book <i><a href="/book/TurningPro">Turning Pro</a></i>, the third in his series of little books about the creative struggle, including <i><a href="/book/WarOfArt">The War of Art</a></i> and <i><a href="/book/DoTheWork">Do the Work</a></i>.
	Read all three.
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	“<a href="/hellyeah">Hell yeah or no</a>” is a filter you can use to decide what’s worth doing.
	But this is simpler and more serious.
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	This is a decision to stop deciding.
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	It’s one decision, in advance, that the answer to all future distractions is “no” until you finish what you started.
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	It’s saying yes to one thing, and no to absolutely everything else.
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