Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– 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 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.”
W H Murray
And once you have begun it, follow with the greatest management tool of all time: JFDI. (Just er… do it!)
There are many coaches and performance experts who specialise in how to help you ‘reach your potential’; ‘tap into the genius within’; ‘get into Flow’ or any manner of other things intended to help you be a little more successful.
At the risk of calling the emperor on his new clothes, I would like to tell you a secret: all you have to do to get this potential for yourself is ‘Begin it’ and then ‘JFDI’.
Every day in every way, you make a choice between two personas that determine the outcome of your life: the genius and the doubter.
The genius is the one who is fully engaged in the present, focused on the task at hand and clear about the focus and the outcome to be achieved.
But that is not the definition of genius, I hear you call.
Genius (according to Wikipedia.com) is something or someone embodying exceptional intellectual ability, creativity, or originality, typically to a degree that is associated with the achievement of unprecedented insight.
Yes, and these characteristics are in each one of you. Especially the ‘exceptional’ bit. All you have to do is access them by being fully engaged in the present, focused on the task at hand, clear about the focus and the outcome to be achieved.
But how? BEGIN it. And then JFDI. (I think I am beginning to repeat myself here!)
So how does this work? When you begin something, you silence the doubter. When you do what you have begun, you silence the doubter.
The doubter (according to thefreedictionary.com) is one who experiences a lack of certainty leading to irresolution; one who is uncertain or skeptical; or a condition of being unsettled and unresolved with the outcome still in doubt. Interestingly, the archaic meaning of doubt-er is to suspect or to fear.
When the doubter appears in you, it is the part of you that sabotages your genius and prevents it from being expressed in the world.
The doubter is the thief, posing as the policeman (with thanks to Ramana Maharshi). And this thief is stealing your creativity, your potential; your very genius in the name of the law.
So, what is ‘the law’? It is fear.
Fear that you might not fulfil the expectations you believe you should, fear that you might fail, fear you could do less than you hope you could….
And this fear or law requires you to procrastinate (the judicial process always takes time) on what you want to do – just in case… And in so doing, it is the thief of your creativity and genius, posing as the policeman.
So, each time you allow your doubter to run amok within, you buy into the illusion of fear and create the reality of mediocrity.
And how do you challenge fear?
Begin it. And then JFDI. (I think I am beginning to repeat myself!)
Enjoy discovering the genius you really do have inside you.