Throw every shred of negative thought into the consuming fires…
Though dramatic in its wording, this comment by Dale Carnegie rings through my mind today: "Throw every shred of negative thought into the consuming fires and slam doors of steel upon every escape into the irresolute past."
Carnegie made this comment in one of his books while summing up a story about how Julius Caesar sailed with his army to conquer what we now know as England and then burned his own transport ships in the channel. On seeing that, Caesar's troops were fully committed to the task ahead because they were unable to retreat.
Again, this is dramatic image, but I always feel a renewed sense of commitment in November – when the old year is about to be declared "the irresolute past" and the new one looms on the horizon. It's exciting to contemplate what I get to create next.
For me, 2010 already holds great promise. I see interesting projects ahead, and I don't need a crystal ball or a soothsayer to tell me this. What I foresee is of my own wishing… and making. However, in order to allow the successful birth of these projects… I must throw every shred of negative thought into the consuming fires. I must have unwaivering commitment and conquer any doubts.
C'mon 2010, let's get going!