I was lying lazy in bed one beautiful Sunday morning, glued to my tablet, playing a game of scrabble which I downloaded from Play Store. I had all the good letters, QZJXK (the best assets in a scrabble game because they carry the highest numbers) as well as vowels and… yet I kept losing repeatedly against my android device! It’s not just the fact that I was losing again and again that really bothered me, it was the gap, the huge gap between my score and the device’s score that really got to me!
Subconsciously, I knew why I was losing but it was just difficult to accept it and change my strategy. The main reason I was losing is because I kept procrastinating, waiting for the “right opportunity” to play the right word or tile on the board. For example, I wanted my Q and Z to land on a triple word in a particular position so that it could score times three vertically and times three again horizontally at the same time. Also, I could have scored several Bingos because I repeatedly managed to create words with all the tiles on my rack but again I just kept waiting for the right opportunity to play it on the board, I kept passing my turn because I wanted the bingo to be on a triple word! My strategy was to keep my good tiles and wait until I found the right opportunity at the right time!
Meanwhile my smart, intelligent and more experienced android device kept maximizing whatever opportunity there was, it just played the best word it could make at that particular moment and made the best move it had at that moment regardless of whether or not there were doubles or triples in the available spaces. It also made maximum use of opportunities to play Bingos (if you manage to play all the tiles on your rack, it’s a Bingo, it awards the player fifty points in addition to what the word would normally score), sometimes playing words I’d never seen or heard before in my life! As a result, it (the device) was not just winning but the gap between us kept gradually increasing with each move. Before I knew it, the bag of tiles was empty, the device had just played its last word and I was stuck with big letters including the QZJ and X which quickly went from being great assets to huge liabilities when they were deducted from my final score thus pushing me further down!
I kept repeating the same mistake game after game and losing again and again!
Eventually I got up and walked to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee. As I walked back to my bedroom via the living room I noticed my cat Bambi lying on the sofa. I picked her up with my free hand and there, lying on the sofa was a book titled Screw It! Let’s do it! by Richard Branson which I’d bought sometime ago. I thought to myself, the message here couldn’t be clearer!
When I settled back into the warmth of my bed and resumed my game of scrabble against the device, I changed my strategy. I started maximizing whatever opportunity I had regardless of whether or not it was perfect. I just kept giving it the best I had at that moment, the gap between my score and the device’s score began to reduce, and then wonders of wonders, I won!
The aforementioned experience was a huge aha! moment for me, an eye opener, a great lesson. I realized that in life, the perfect opportunity is barely presented to us on a silver platter. We have to move out of our comfort zones and work towards our goals! We have to make maximum use of whatever opportunities are available even when the conditions are anything but perfect. We have to keep trying different approaches until we find the one that works. We have to keep pushing through the darkness until we see the light at the end of the tunnel. We have to take a leap of faith, and do the best we can, and trust that GOD will do the rest.
As Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen write in their book The Aladdin Factor, oh what the heck, go for it anyway…
Have a blessed day!
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