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Begin It

I’ll let Scottish mountain climber and author W.H. Murray take the lead today.

This passage gets me inspired every time.

“… but when I said that nothing had been done I erred in one important matter. 

We had definitely committed ourselves and were halfway out of our ruts. 

We had put down our passage money — booked a sailing to Bombay. 

This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. 

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 never 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 could have dreamed 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. 

Begin it now.”

What do you dream you could do? 

How could you begin it now?

With Providence,


PS – “Beginning it” could be really simple. What could you do in 2 minutes? Seriously. Just start.

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