My secret work weapon: Hesitancy kills 'countless splendid plans'

Stephanie Hildon, marketing director, Organix

I have a framed quote from the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on my desk to inspire me.
It reads: ‘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.
‘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 favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.’
There is always room for self-doubt, but keeping von Goethe’s quote front of mind helps me to believe that anything is possible.

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