All of us have dreams and plans, but the truth is, it’s far too easy to keep wishing and talking than actually start. Writing the first chapter, shooting the first scene, interviewing the first person, applying for the loan, enrolling in school – whatever the first step, it can be a scary proposition. William Hutchison Murray, a Scottish mountain climber discovered the solution when he made the decision to climb the Himalayas in the early 1950’s. Here’s what he wrote about it:
“We had definitely committed ourselves and were half-way out of our ruts. We had put down our passage money – booked a sailing to Bombay. This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence. 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 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 love his line: “At the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.” Maybe it’s time you took that step of faith. Someone once described “Faith” as: “Leap, and the net will appear.”
Begin. Start. Leap.