Commit yourself: make changes and build momentum

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I wrote a blog post recently for Freelance Advisor, which was all about motivation, and what I do when fear or inertia slows me down.

One of things I wrote about was the tendency for momentum to build as soon as you take action, how the first push is the hardest, and how life takes over once you put your back into it. I was just browsing through one of my partner’s psychology books (Motivational Interviewing) when I found a quote that resonates with what I wrote:

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 commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream events issues from the decision.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


  1. Amen! Lovely quote.

    Comment by Michael Rose — November 9, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

  2. Such a good way to improve ourselves!

    I like it.

    Comment by Jack — November 13, 2009 @ 10:30 am

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