Commit with Courage

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 begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!

–W. H. Murray in The Scottish Himalaya Expedition, 1951



Fox News_Man In Front of Tank in Tiananmen Square Commitment can certainly bring much-welcomed serendipity to your life, but commitment combined with courage can lead to truly amazing things.  Imagine events in human history happening without this powerful combination. Huge undertakings like discovering new continents, overthrowing dictatorships to establish individual rights or visiting the moon. Individual acts like refusing to move to the back of the bus or standing in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square.  Such acts require a great deal of resolve along with a large dose of courage.

To have such a level of commitment doesn’t require you to be a superhero.  You don't have to be from Krypton or be endowed with some kind of special genetic coding to do what it takes to step into your potential.  All great acts of commitment throughout history were performed by ordinary people.  It was their courage that set them apart.

And courage doesn’t mean that you won’t have fear.  Mark Twain said, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”  How true!  Courage is about feeling the fear and doing in anyway.  It's about following your innermost guidance to do that which you know is the right thing for you or for the situation.

– Excerpted from "Your Personal Polaris", copyright 2010, Angela Loëb


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