Wisdom From Books

Who is our biggest enemy?

Posted on: October 3, 2010

Whom do you consider your biggest personal enemy? I am not talking about our political views (Therefore, don’t think about any world power or any country you don’t like!).

I am talking about the enemy within every one of us e.g. anger, stress, nervousness or lack of confidence?

Do you think that we live two lives – one we live and one we ‘want’ to live! (Do you agree with this?)

What is ‘that factor’ which stops us from the life we want to live? I want to jog on daily basis, perform some exercise and reduce my weight. But there is an enemy within me which stops me to do so. I want to start my business. But there is an enemy within me which stops me to do so. I want to do ‘this’ and I want to do ‘that’, but there is an enemy which stops me all the time.

That enemy is:

Mr. Resistance!

Have you heard this story: A woman had cancer. She was told that she had only six months to live. She quit her job and started working for people who needed social welfare. She felt happier as she never was that happy ever. She was doing what she wanted to do. What is the end of story? She got cured!

Once Mr. Resistance is killed, results are amazing.

Do we need such a ‘dead line call’ to make us do what we want to do?

Now is an interesting part: Do you know that Hitler wanted to be an artist? At eighteen he took his inheritance, seven hundred kronen, and moved to Vienna to live and study. He applied to the Academy of Fine Arts and later to the School of Architecture. Have you ever seen one of his paintings? (Neither have I).

Resistance beat him.

 Call it overstatement but I’ll say it anyway: it was easier for Hitler to start World War II than it was for him to face a blank square of canvas, over come resistance and follow his passion. (and perhaps, it’s the biggest enemy we face today)

“War of art” by Steven Pressfield is an interesting book on the topic of resistance and overcoming it. In next post, based on your response to this post, I will be writing on how to beat Mr. Resistance.

Your thoughts on this?


23 Responses to "Who is our biggest enemy?"

the above is true up to the extent when you have the Pre-requisites in your pocket.As one cannot change the reality by changing the words.

Like intangible things, the enemy within us is often overlooked. By giving it a name, “Mr. Resistance”, its look like a third party – a tangible thing. Now to fight with a visible enemy can be easier.

Javed Iqbal
Educator | Empowerer | Entrepreneur
Lahore, Pakistan

PS: “Can your read this line??? If so, be thankful to your teacher.” – (Maxim Gorki, Russian Author)

Today, 5th October, is observed as teacher’s day. A day to celebrate teachers and the central role they play in guiding children, youths & adults through the life-long learning process.

Since books and teachers go side by side. So I don’t want to miss the opportunity to thanks to ALL my teachers. Through this blog, Mr. Malik is plying a positive role to teach everyone to grow more. I am thankfull

• “Who taught me even a single word, he is my teacher.” – (Hazrat Ali, Muslim’s Fourth Caliph)

• “Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.” – (Anonymous)

Don’t forget to pay THANKS to your first teacher, your MOTHER! Every mother is a great teacher!

Dear Javed sb – thanks a lot for visiting the blog regularly and all your comments. In face, we all learn from each other and we should be thankful to all our teachers. Thanks again for your comments

Niice Buuuuuuk

AOA sir,

thanks a lot for identifying our internal enemy and realizing us to have a look into ourself and to find out the enemy within ourself .

waiting for the suggestion to overcome and control the internal enemy

Thanks Saeed for your comments – first step is to identify the cause and the second step is to take action to see how can we do what we want to do.

Dear Malik

Excellent work which you are doing. In our country very few people love to read. May be for any reason. I have Translation of an article of Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Shah which topic was “KITAB” which published in a Digest in two volume in which Shah Saheb motivated people to Read Books, kindly take some quotation from there and give place in your web site.
Congratulation again my cooperation and support will be always with you.

Best Regards


Thanks a lot sir for visiting and your valuable comments. I will contact you to receive the article which you have referred. Secondly, if you consider appropriate, kindly spread the word about the blog to others so that people can visit the blog, read and share their thoughts to enable all of us learn from each other – thanks again

Well, “Mr.Resistance” is a very tough figure to compete with. I believe that its more or less your own “will” power that can overcome this seemingly impossible strength of Mr. Resistance! And will power is only possible if we have a positive attitude towards life, if instead of saying: I can’t, we start saying: I WILL!!

Very true Sarah – two things are required to overcome resistance: attitude and action; thanks again for comments

Mirza Sb, thank you very much for sharing such informative topics, will be waiting to read more on this

Thanks Ali sb for your comments – kindly spread the word about the website to others so that other people can come, read and share their thoughts.

Thank you very much Mirza Sb for sharing such clued-up information. Waiting for to read more about this topic.

thanx for identifying the enemy but how this come into existence can anybody answer it.

Dear Umer sb – this will be explored in the next post!

Very nice topic waiting for more to overcome my resistance

Thanks Huma – will write more from the book: The War of Art in the next post.

ur articals very helpful for confused person ,try best Mirza sb. tusi great ho
my cell no. 03136712198

Shukriya Shukat sahib – dua kiya karey – keep on visiting and giving comments.

Dear Mirza sb
I agree with it that in all of us this habit of resistance is common which tend us not to step forward and wait for the time. Those who take initiative and move forward succeed in their lives.


Thanks Salman sb for visiting the blog and your comments – So true – those you take initiative are successful in their lives.

We can like the life we are living
We can live the life we like

Am waiting to read more of this topic 🙂

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