Almost weekly I encourage one of my kids to show “initiative.” It is hard to appreciate just how much motivation, coupled with action, can make the difference in one’s accomplishments.
A couple of weeks ago I ran across the words of William Hutchinson Murray, from the The Scottish Himalayan Expedition.
Murray says, “Concerning all acts of initiative, 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 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 could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
I cannot argue with Murray. If you want to accomplish something great this week, then do something. If you want to be mediocre, then take the path of least resistance.
There are very few things as powerful as initiative. Show some this week and watch how it will bring to you, “. . . all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.”
What is your take on Murray’s words on initiative?
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.