I’m reading a self help book by another author, (obviously another author because I prefer to make up my stories ha!) and my favourite line so far is “You can’t win if you don’t play.” (The Subtle Art of not giving a **** by Mark Munson)
This simple sentence has given me a lot of thought. Out of the 50 pages I have read so far that one little line has held me captive. You can’t win if you don’t play. How enlightening.
I have found that I spend a lot of time overthinking (worrying about) things (like everything) and I always pull myself out of the game because of it. For instance I find I don’t write nearly as many books as I’d like to as I’m always afraid someone won’t like it, a publisher might reject it, or my grammar is too horrendous that an editor will complain.
What if I didn’t overthink (worry about) things. What if I just did it and put myself in the game?
What if I write whatever I want without worrying about what others might think? What if I went into business for myself without worrying about money? Is it possible I could win? Maybe, but I think I’d have better odds of winning if I played. Right? We all could.
The latest book I have written is completely different from my usual writing and I love it. I love the characters, the plot twists, the humour … it’s my favourite one I’ve written so far. Instead of being terrified people won’t like it, perhaps it’s time to put it out into the world. If it’s sitting on my computer (not playing the game) then how will I ever know?
“You can’t win if you don’t play.”
It makes a lot of sense.
I think it’s time to play. Anyone want to join me?
Angela Scavone is the author of two Soulmate novels, Love by the book and A Journey Home. As well as a contributing author to the Christmas anthology, ‘A Soulmate for Christmas’. She lives in Ontario, Canada sharing her home with her father and much-loved trio of pups. Apart from her avid love of story telling, she likes to read, spend time with family and friends and concoct dairy free recipes from scratch. Sometimes she wins and sometimes she loses – tofu, banana and peanut butter pudding we are looking at you.