I have always loved this quote on commitment. The date at the bottom indicates some things are constant through the ages.
”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 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 come his way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Begin It Now.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (born August 28, 1749