There is something amazingly powerful about taking decisive action. It’s like flipping a switch and deciding it will be so. It’s a completely different experience than waffling or wading through the jungle of indecision.
I was talking through the power of decisive action with one of my mentors, when they shared a quote with me. The quote expresses the power of bold decisions in an articulate way. It goes like this:
“Until one is committed, there is a 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. All sorts of things occur to help one that would not otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man would have dreamed would come his way.
I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
‘Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it! Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.’”
The quote is from W.H. Murray, in The Scottish Himalayan Expedition, 1951.
What bold decision might invent new possibilities in your life?
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