Boldness

I have had several requests to post the reading that I used for my Sunday morning class this week:

“Whatever you can do, or think you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” ~Goethe

We do not have to be perfectly certain before acting. We do not have to feel perfectly confident about the outcome of our behavior. In fact, more times than not when we see people acting with what seems to be supreme confidence, it may indeed be an act. Which doesn’t matter. What matters is that inertia was overcome.

In overcoming life’s challenges there will surely be many times when we encounter situations where our thoughts and actions fill us with anything but confidence. Regardless of our uncertainty we need to act boldly, and we need to trust our judgement. Boldness does have genius in it, and magic-the magic of proving to ourselves that we can do what is needed when the time is right. When that is possible, the whole world is within our grasp. (Hazelden Meditations: Days of Healing, Days of Joy)

From the above reading I wrote the below mantra:

If I act boldly, listening to my inner intelligence, the world will open up and embrace me.

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