"Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now"
I hope this essay provides you with a pleasant read and small amount of inspiration and motivation to accomplish whatever it is your heart desires.
Motivation comes and goes. Our moods change and give us an endless string of really good excuses to loose our way. In fact, we are perfectly justified to never finish anything we start. All those standing around will nod their heads in agreement and support us when we sidestep all manner of commitments. People happily start new things all the time. Nobody has motivation problems in the beginning.
This article is addressing the problem of persistence and seeing an effort through to completion. The most common goal of our beginning student is personal achievement, which really equates to reaching something like a black belt. However, they usually have absolutely no idea of the work, hardship and even personal sacrifice waiting for them on that path. Most adults know that anything worth achieving will have a very large "not fun" component. This is why I tell my younger students that there is no such thing a black belt in recess. Anyone can do it and it requires no effort. If there was a 'recess black belt" then it would not be worth having because everyone and their brother would get it. Thus the very process that makes people drop out when they are no longer in the mood for class, is the very thing that makes it worth doing. Without that crisis of motivation, it would not be worth doing. It would be essentially a black belt in recess.
I can't convey to you the personal power and confidence I feel because of my time in in Shaolin-Do. On a fall day in 1984 I had know idea what my future held in store for me. Did I ever imagine that I would one day reach 6th degree black belt with only 10 or so masters that outrank me? I didn't even dare dream that future, but it was waiting for me just the same when I learned sparring technique #1 in Aurora, Indiana (population 4,000). And I lived into that dream one step at a time, without looking back or considering whether or not to take the next step.
I'll leave you with a few other things to think about.
If you want to have abilities that others do not have, then you have to be willing to do things that others will not do.
Do you want to climb the hill or not? Do you want to reach the summit; is it worth it? Once you decide, the course is set and the climb is on. You WILL get tired. You WILL question whether or not to go on. To reach the top, you bear down and watch your feet take one step after another, all the while refusing to entertain the notion of stopping until the goal is reached. Nobody has ever reached the top by wanting; only by stepping.
I made that one up but here are few other inspirational quotes from famous thinkers.
Begin It Now
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 not 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 dreamed would 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, magic, and power in it."
from The Scottish Himalayan Expedition and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Mountain Peaks and Foothills
Abraham Maslow is one of my favorite psychologists. Here is what he has to say about "the climb".
"The process of moment-to-moment growth is itself intrinsically rewarding and delightful in an absolute sense. If they are not mountain peak-experiences, at least they are foothill-experiences, little glimpses of absolute, self-validative delight, little moments of Being. Being and Becoming are not contradictory or mutually exclusive. Approaching and arriving are both in themselves rewarding."
Jim Rohn Says
"The few who do are the envy of the many who watch"