There is a common thread that runs through successful activities, a common trait among successful people, and the key to the achievement of goals. That thread and trait is commitment. Merely wishing that something will occur or hoping that an act will lead to success is not sufficient; there must also be a commitment.
W.H. Murray, a man who climbed Mount Everest, offered the following insights to achieving a task or goal.
- “Until one is committed, there is hesitance, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.”
- “Concerning all acts of initiative, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and 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 would have dreamt would come his way.”
If you question the accuracy or wisdom of W.H. Murray’s philosophy, reflect back upon your own life. When you have achieved your goals, was it because you were willing to commit to making them happen? Did you find that support came from the most unlikely sources? Did success seem to happen after you had made up your mind to make your desire come into fruition?
I have realized the truth of Murray’s statements many times throughout my life. I have succeeded in achieving goals because I made a commitment. I have also failed in some of my endeavors because I was lukewarm in my desire and had not taken action that would exemplify my commitment.
Think of one thing that you would like to have, do, or be. Be honest with yourself about how much you want it, and then make the commitment. See yourself as successful in accomplishing the goal and then make an internal and external commitment to achieving it. Watch as you receive support and assistance from the most unlikely sources. Then affirm the truth of Murray’s statement as you have experienced it.
Affirmation for the Week:
“I make and keep my commitments. I am open and receptive to the assistance that I receive as a result of making a commitment. I live a committed, successful, and happy life.”
Have a pleasantly creative week!