When the first serious thoughts of writing for the public’s view entered my mind, I was exhilarated but nervous. Questions attacked my thoughts while the fear of failure twisted in my gut. The what if’s repeated in my head like a broken record (if anyone remembers when record players were the thing).
I trudged forward with caution and tested the waters. It wasn’t until I’d completed my first novel and entered it into multiple contests that I began to find the answers to my harassing questions. The feedback from judges gave me insight into where I needed improvements which helped me grow as a writer.
Do these sound familiar?
What if I try and don’t succeed? Then try and try again. Don’t quit. Seek guidance and instruction from those who have become master craftsmen. Learn what you can, and move forward with passion.
What if no one likes what I do?
You can’t please everyone regardless how hard you try. Inevitably someone is not going to agree with what you do or what you say, so don’t let other people’s opinions hold you back from pursuing your dreams and goals. With each adverse reaction, you’ll grow stronger and wiser. Don’t allow negative responses to hinder your journey.
What if I fail?
The only way to fail is if you never try. Hold your head high and pursue your God-given call to write, sing, paint, dance, etc. If your efforts don’t turn out as you’d envisioned, make a change and try again. If that doesn’t work, keep trying until things fall into place. Remember, failure only comes from not trying.
Thomas Edison (No relation to me and spelled differently) was a man who did not speak until he was four-years-old and did not read until he was seven. He persisted and invented a record number of 1,093 patents.
Quote: Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps. Great success is built on failure, frustration, and even catastrophe.”
What if I make a mistake?
The Bible says that “no one is good – except God alone” NIV. In other words, no one is perfect except for God. You will make mistakes, but that’s where you must get up, brush yourself off, and keep moving. Refuse to regress or withdraw, and strive to become the best you can be at whatever craft you choose. Learn from your mistakes and march forward with determination.
Have you encountered the “What If” dilemma? How did you tackle its harassment?