“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 dreamed would have come his way.”
— William Hutchinson Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition (1951)
Do you have any idea how much I hate getting up in the morning? I remember a song that Irving Berlin wrote, and even sang in the movies, called “How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning.” On a regular day, I will set my alarm for the last possible moment that I could conceivably get up, get showered and dressed, and out the door to the j.o.b.When my major commitments are involved, however, it’s a different story. The above quote related to a rather bold and dangerous journey. Still, even in the relatively more mundane commitments we make, it holds a great ability to inspire me. In order to graduate from ICA and, frankly, partly because I backed myself into a corner by disappearing from classes for half a year in early 2006, I’ve had no choice but to take early morning classes. Every Tuesday and Friday, my alarm rings at a quarter of six, in order to get up, find my brain, have something to drink and relieve myself (not necessarily in that order) before a 6 a.m. teleclass. One thing about ICA is that students are located all over the globe. So my 6 a.m. might be lunchtime for my England colleagues, or even nighttime for our Asian students.
The bottom line is that when you create powerful commitments and let those commitments run you, instead of your circumstances, there are few things you can’t do. You’ll notice your “I can’t” turn into “I must.” I must, and I will.
Or as Nike says…. “Just do it!”