commitmentI have always believed that commitment to a goal or cause is essential to its success.  One can’t be lackadaisical about the intended result.

For 30 years I have carried around in my personal organizer a statement on Commitment written by W.H. Murray in “The Scottish Himalayan Expedition” in 1951.

It seemed about time to share it.  Because every word is true:

 “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.

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 dreamt

would have 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, power and magic in it.

 What is a step you can take today to achieve a goal?  A commitment you can make to bring about positive change in your life?



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  1. Bill

    So true. I’ve found that commitment means really being isolated for an uncertain period of time. Just when it feels that no one understands, that doubt raises questions that seem believable, an unexpected Spirit arrives.

    • Molly Larkin

      You raise a good point. And that’s why it can be so valuable to have like minded friends to support your commitments. Thank you.

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