“You can’t win if you don’t play!” So goes the well-known commercial jingle for the lottery system. Now, I’m not suggesting that you go buy a lottery ticket. The odds of winning are stacked against you. But, they are right. You can’t win if you don’t enter.

I think those of us in the growth and healing world should steal that tagline … “You can’t win if you don’t play!”

I mean, really? Do you actually want to be on your deathbed and be relieved that you never played? Are you really gonna say to yourself in your final moments of life review, “Thank God, I made it. I played it safe and I got through. I never got hurt. I stayed on the couch. I never had my heart jerked around. I never wanted anything. I never asked for anything. I never tried anything new. But, I was at least safe. Phew. I got through it.”

No, don’t do that.

Buy the damn ticket.

You won the sperm race for a reason. And it was not to sit on the sidelines and refuse to get in the game. Instead, raise your hand high. Get out there and skin your knees. Win the touchdown. Get your heart broken, pick it up and put it out there again. Play hard and, keep playing.

Then, when the time comes to say good-bye to this life, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you bought the ticket. You showed up in your own one life.

Because, you can’t win if you don’t enter.