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It’s Time to Start

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.

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  1. Fantastic! I was just thinking that writing a novel is like climbing a Mt Everest. One step at a time. You actually cant look a the top of the mountain or you’ll get too discouraged. Then a few months down the track you look back and realise how far you’ve come.

    Must. Keep. Writing.

  2. Phil, the same line resonated with me… Providence moving when one fully commits… and that’s where I am right now; needing to press forward into new territory with Speedsuit Powers and other writings as well. Thank you for the encouragement. May you continue to press forward. And Anthony – keep writing!

    Time. To. Leap.

    Allen Paul Weaver III
    Author, Speedsuit Powers
    http://www.speedsuitpowers.com

  3. i have not been to this spot in days, and i come this morning, and these words of yours not only jump started me, i also could share it on air… thanks phil more than anytime those of us who want the revolution in the media have to get off our seats and Do something!!!! thanks phil thanks.

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