She stood there looking out to the horizon. One foot on the boat. One foot on the dock. The dream tugged at her heart. The doubt pulled her back like an anchor. She could push off and have a new experience. Or she could stand there like everyone else, waiting for the proverbial ship to come in.
The truth is we have all hesitated because of insecurities harbored in our minds. The heart says “Go for it!” The mind justifies a “wait and see” approach. The heart springs to life when the dream is in view or even briefly spoken of. The mind claims there are not enough resources or abilities to accomplish the goal. When the heart and mind play tug-of-war we often shrink from the moments of high achievement.
You can change your address from the “Home for Those Who Could Have” to the “Avenue of Accomplishment.” You do not have to live teetering on the edge of indecision. You can experience new energy for life the moment you recognize the power of commitment.
Consider this excellent perspective written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elemental truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one commits oneself, then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise 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 come his way.
What you can do or dream, you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Be decisive. Make the commitment to your self. Take the step.
Your best adventure is waiting —
~ Steven Iwersen, CSP
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