Be the best you can be … the slogan sounds trite because we repeat it often enough, but when you really think about it, it’s deeper than most people think.
Too often, we try to be the best. The best writer, the best mother, the best spouse, the best teacher, the best gamer. The pressure we put on ourselves to compete for the “best” slot is unbelievable. Or maybe that’s just me.
I doubt it. I think we all put that pressure on ourselves at different time in our lives, or for different things in our life. Sometimes, I need to sit back and take a deep breath and focus on being a better me.
When I was writing my 7th book (KILLING FEAR), my friend and mentor Mariah Stewart had just published her 20th novel. I was struggling, and I emailed her a congratulations email on her milestone publication, then ended with, “I can’t wait until I have 20 books and it’s easier!”
Marti called me on the phone and said, “Honey, it never gets easier. Every book you write is harder than the last because you are constantly trying to write a better book and tell a better story.”
Truer words were never spoken.