The great motivational speaker, Les Brown, introduced me to this powerful quotation.
... commonly credited to Goethe, it comes from the journal of William H. Murray, reflecting upon the organization and will-power necessary to begin the Scottish Himalayan Expedition.
"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, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way."
He then went on to quote Goethe:
"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now."
... so "what are you waiting for?"
© 2006 Rev. James Vinson Wingo, DD
"A ohe pau ko ike i kou halau"
Think not that all wisdom is in your school.
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