Oliver Wendell Holmes once wrote, “Most people go to their graves with their songs still unsung.” It’s sad, but true, considering the number of people I’ve met who mention other people’s skills and/or success and then say, “I can’t do that. I’m not gifted..” God gave each and every one of us a gift. A talent, if you will. Just think of what this world would have missed if Holmes listened to that nasty little voice inside his head that I’m sure shouted out to him once in a while. I used to think that way. Whenever I thought about writing a novel, that voice would shout, “Who do you think you are? Mary Higgins Clark?” Of course, for the longest time, I’d respond, “No.” And I wouldn’t even try. It was Tony Robbins who turned me around. He said something to the effect that if you think negative thoughts you’ll lead a negative life. Think of your life as a table. Each positive thought is a leg or support for that table. Each negative thought takes away the support. Bingo! His book, “The Giant Within” was a terrifffffic help. Now, when that negative voice tries to get my attention, I say, “No, I’m not Mary Higgins Clark, I’m Ann Rich Duncan and God gave me talents, too!!!” And now? I have four books under my belt and an exciting literary agent who soon will be working on my behalf! (And who has been a keynote speaker at one of her conferences? Carol Higgins Clark! And this year, it’s Sandra Brown. Not bad! Shakespeare said it best: “Nothing is good or bad but that our thinking makes it so.” Happy writing! And, hey! Check out my books at www.annrichduncan.com!!!!!
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