by Terri Wagner
Let me quickly explain. After much professional success, Tiger Woods decided to change the way he golfed. Don't ask me for details, I don't golf so I wouldn't understand it nor be able to explain it. Not the point at any rate. His new technigue required rethinking how he approached the ball. It was a startling transformation and one that was initially unsuccessful. People wondered why change; it wasn't broke why fix it? Typically, Woods never really addressed the issue, he just kept at it. Eventually it brought him greater success. And he proved you can improve yourself, increase your ability, achieve better results.
My co author and I have been battling for months now. Consequently, we write a line or two and get nothing accomplished. She has been trying to get me to change my approach to the pen. I have been fighting her every step of the way. I like the way we've written in the past, I see no reason to change. She feels we need to kick our writing up to the next notch. Maybe (gasp) make it publishable instead of "just for fun."
I sighed, I wrote, she rejected, I got frustrated, she got irritated. Then I thought of Tiger Woods. Aside from his dismal personal choices, he changed a successful approach to a more successful one and in the process went through the proverbial one step forward two steps back process.
I'm mulling this over. Even as I type this post, Glenn Beck is ranting on about a 7-step program to change your life. I adore Beck so ranting is just a humorous term. In his case, something was broke and needing fixing. Point to this post is he's also taking about change.
Bottom line: I think I'm going to have to change my approach to the pen. In the NT, Jesus makes is clear that when we are given talents, we are supposed to increase them. Somehow I didn't apply this to "just for fun" stuff. Shortsighted is the word that comes to mind.
Soooooooooooooo, I'm going to change my approach. I'll keep you posted. But I'm going to remind my co author change is usually one step forward, two steps back before ultimate success.