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Conquer Your Inner Pessimist

While traveling recently, I ducked inside a colorful gift shop and spotted this quote on a notecard:

“What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?”
~Dr. Robert H.  Schuller

Wow. Super invincibility. Can you imagine?

I’ve posted before about the “crazies,” a condition writers endure that often has us questioning our abilities and motivation. A component of the crazies is a little guy I like to call the Inner Pessimist. You’ve probably met him. He’s the fella who says things like, “You’re submitting that where? Surely not. You want to tackle what? Who do you think you are, anyway? Aim lower.”

Yeah, I don’t like him much either.

Don’t let your inner pessimist prevent you from making an attempt. Banish him by repeating Dr. Schuller’s quote.

Can you imagine the places your writing can take you, if you dare to try?

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