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.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man [or woman] could have dreamt would have come his [her] way. ...Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!
W. H. Murray did not have a "charmed life" upon which he arrived at this "magical" conclusion. Indeed, he experienced more trauma than most people ever do. It turns out that W. H. Murray, Scottish mountaineer and writer (1913-1996), had his own set of serious struggles in his life. His father died when he was a toddler, which made his childhood hard. (Source)
As an adult, he then spent three years in prisoner of war camps in Italy (Chieti), Germany (Moosberg, Brunswick) and Czechoslovakia (Marisch Trubeau Oflag VIII-F). While imprisoned, Murray wrote a book entitled Mountaineering In Scotland. The first draft of the work was written on the only paper available to him - rough toilet paper. The manuscript was found and destroyed by the Gestapo. To the incredulity of his fellow prisoners, Murray's response to the loss was to start again, despite the risk of its loss.
W. H. Murray's physical condition was so poor from the near starvation diet that he believed he would never climb again. But he did. The rewritten work was finally published in 1947 and was followed by the sequel, Undiscovered Scotland, in 1951.
Later in life, W. H. Murray helped others prepare for a climb of Mt. Everest, though he was not physically able to do it himself. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._H._Murray That was how strong his passion for climbing and other people was--he would help others to achieve dreams that he could no longer dream for himself.
So, when W.H. Murray talks about being committed, he did this in his life by deep strong commitment to himself and his beliefs, but also by taking big bold actions, even if he was a scared of the commitment.
And by magic, W. H. Murray is not talking about that Walt Disney sparkly magic, he's talking about the deeper magic that results from following through on yourself and your personal goals. He's talking about getting deeply committed to a plan and doing the steps to make it happen. He's referring to a crazy amount of deep self-belief and self-understanding.
I've experienced that personal magic when I did my best bench press and when learning to do headstands:
- I know exactly who I am.
- I am relentless in being myself.
- Who I am is exactly who I should be.
- I am amazingly strong.
- I am more capable than I can begin to understand.
- I am sometimes scared of commitment but go forward anyway.
- I can problem-solve to find new solutions to perceived problems.
- I am confident enough to make many mistakes to reach my goal.
- I am determined to make mistakes despite others watching me.
- I can be patient for many months of trial and error for the goal.
- I truly deserve to have a good life.
- I want to help others experience this level of magic.
I need to keep striving for this type of magic in all important aspects of life, including health and fitness. And I hope that you frequently experience your own personal magic too.
What do *you* think? As always, I love to hear your opinions.
Have a Magical Day!