Photo Credit: Jef Willemyns,

Written by Luke Iorio
December 11, 2019

H. Murray in The Scottish Himalayan Expedition:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elemental truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits, the 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 one could have dreamed would have come [one’s] way. 

I have deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: ‘Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.'”

Providence Moves Too

Consider, at this moment in your life, where do you feel any hesitancy? Whether it’s just a little bit or a lot, any hesitation, any way in which you hold back, any place that you have lingered or wavered, that’s where your commitment is incomplete. And typically, it’s incomplete as it’s waiting for some sign or surge of confidence that says it’s going to work out, it’s going to go well. And we take that as a sign of greater certainty to fuel our choices and actions. 

Unfortunately, this is nothing but a trick of the mind. Certainty can never truly be there. And it’s certain (yes, poking at the word and belief) that certainty can never come from outside of ourselves. Said different, it can only come from within, and that feeling within us isn’t about the certainty of outcome, but certainty in ourselves to know what to do when we need to do it (even if what to do is to pause and take more time). 

This is an energetic concept that’s danced with me for years. Hesitation has always produced more hesitancy and never any real progress or effectiveness. To be clear, hesitancy isn’t a deliberate pause for contemplation. Contemplation and discernment are active considerations. Overthinking is hesitancy due to fear and doubt, typically riddled with uncertainty and worries of getting it wrong. 

Similarly, I’m amazed at the transformations my life has undergone when I’ve truly committed to whatever path I’ve chosen. No longer one foot in and one out, but truly stepping in fully and embracing the journey as it unfolds. 

I see so much hesitation in the world today. Hesitation to speak up even when we know something needs attention or to be called out (but we don’t want to feel like we’re separating from those around us who aren’t speaking up or even turning a blind eye). We hesitate to be quiet and instead defend our view and declare our rightness when the moment might have called for deliberate, deep listening. 

A Commitment to Freedom . . . Not What I Thought It’d Be!

I previously made a commitment to bring about more freedom in my life. (Ha! Did the universe have a joke at my expense!) I committed and it revealed to me all the ways I was imprisoning myself through limited thinking, old paradigms, attachments, and more. And, despite quite a bit of kicking and screaming, damned if I didn’t find more freedom the further along the journey I went. 

That journey then helped me to realize what I was really after was feeling more genuinely and congruently connected to myself—to the essence of who I am and not the conditioning, stories, and society—and family-adopted beliefs about my identity, role, and values. 

My deeper commitments have been to a journey of awakening and of love and compassion. The former is the essential foundation—to be able to perceive and experience, to see and feel, more accurately, with greater discernment and much less judgment and old filters. The latter not only connects me to more openness and patience but also reminds me of our interconnectedness. There’s nothing separate in this world. 

Setting aside both spiritual philosophies and quantum theory, if you reflect even on something as the cup of coffee or tea you had this morning and consider what went into you being able to have that drink, you can begin to see all the people and nature that went into bringing that cup to you—from the rain and soil that nurtured the ingredients, to the farmers and farmhands that cared for it, to the distributors and transporters and packagers and retailers that delivered it to you, to the persons that helped make the cup that holds your drink that sits in your hands, or the person’s who made the tea kettle or coffee machine you used to prepare it, and so on. And that’s just for a cup of coffee or tea. 

Imagine what goes into making the next person you see who they are. Just consider, how many countless people and conditions have contributed to their journey—that made it easier or harder for them to display their essential self.

Love and compassion support an awakening mind, just as the latter empowers, emboldens, and sharpens the former. 

I opened this writing with a reflection on commitment and what unfolds once it’s made. These commitments aren’t only to the actions we take to move our lives or careers forward, they aren’t only the ideas which become actions that move our businesses and communities to what’s next, but these are also the commitments to the qualities of life that we wish to bring about and experience as well as a commitment to the self-exploration and awakening that help us to see life more as it is and not as our conditioned minds would want us to believe. 

What commitments could you make that would spark 2020 as a year that brings you into greater alignment with your true self, unleashing a joy, creativity, and sense of freedom that would fill your life and inspire others to do the same?

Don’t think too long. Your heart already knows the answer. 

Photo Credit: Jef Willemyns,