“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 favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!”
~ William Hutchison Murray
I love this line: the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. When we are bold the universe notices and sends all sorts of gifts: awesome allies, sudden synchronicities, unexpected magic.
But you have to be willing to act. And to be afraid. And to take the first step anyway.
Being bold doesn’t mean you are not fearful, or doubtful. Sometimes when we are bold we feel invincible, and sometimes we feel fragile. Being bold means taking that first step, even if it is shaky, and committing to go for it 100 percent.
How do you work up to being big and bold? Start where you are. Take small risks… and what feels risky differs from person to person. Don’t compare yourself to what you think bold means; ask yourself what would be a bold action for me today? No matter how small the action is, once you’ve taken it celebrate your boldness! Then commit to another bold action. Grow your capacity for boldness day by day.
Here is one of my favorite videos on being bold: