Although we may have really good intentions, many of us have challenges in starting something new. Sometimes it is difficult to ‘get going’ even when we are committed to our plans. We suffer from inertia. In a coaching context, how do we get ourselves to begin those self-observations, practices or exercises. And this is where a good coach can be of benefit.
I find these words from Goethe, the famous German poet encouraging. I quoted them in my first book, ‘Networking Tactics: a guide to achieving success through personal networking’
Begin it now
Until one is committed
there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back,
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
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
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.
Whatever you can do or dream you can
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it
Begin it now.
Recently when looking for more information on the quote above, I found it fascinating that an article that The Goethe Society of North America researched whether these words can genuinely be attributes to Goethe. After two years of investigating, they have decided that the Scottish mountaineer W. H. Murray (and not J. W. von Goethe) wrote the last two lines. So, who wrote the rest of the poem? To me, it really doesn’t matter. What is important is that these words have value for us.
Take action. Do it now. If you need a good coach to help you get started, you are welcome to contact me.