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Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
-- T.S. Eliot


Saturday, September 14, 2002

Commit to it

Taking action without being totally committed to it can be worse than taking no action at all. Because when you have any level of resistance to what you’re doing, you’re simply not going to be very effective at it, and the effort will be largely wasted.

Always keep in mind that you can decide to do it or you can decide not to do it. But it is vitally important to make one decision or the other, and then to follow it with your full commitment.

To make progress, you must have yourself on your own side. You won’t get very far if you have to work against your own resistance and resentment.

If you’re going to do it, commit yourself to it. Commitment is a decision you can make for yourself, regardless of the circumstances, regardless of whose idea it was originally.

Commitment is the act of sincerely putting your heart into what you’re doing. If you have no interest in being committed, then why would you have any reason to go through the motions?

Rather than fighting against your own resistance, be supported by your own commitment. That will often make the crucial difference between success and failure.

— Ralph Marston

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