The Power of Commitment

Mar 11, 2017

Feel like you have a mountain to climb? Maybe you’ll find some inspiration from someone who actually climbed the Himalayas! Although the language is a little flowery, I love this quote. A copy has hung right in front of me at my workspace for over ten years. These words never fail to inspire me, and remind me that mountains teach us how to climb them… once we start the journey.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

‘Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!’

Scottish mountaineer, William Hutchinson Murray (1913-1996), from his 1951 book entitled “The Scottish Himalayan Expedition”.

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