I first read this quote on “Commitment” when it was given to me in a seminar over 30 years ago! It got my attention and has been something I live from every day…when I’m faced with even the smallest choice or decision.
In our acting community, I find indecision one of the reasons we don’t have what we say we want in our careers. Why “choose” when it seems better to leave so many options open?
- Indecision brings delays – and you want it FAST, don’t you?
- Regrets usually come from what you DIDN’T do, not what you did do.
- When you are busy deciding, someone else already did, and now has an opportunity that you do not.
Much of what is taught at Act Outside the Box is around taking action and choosing. I see a lot of actors doing just the opposite, thinking that if they leave the doors open, someone will invite them through and show them the proper or best pathway. It really just doesn’t work that way.
Read this quote by Goethe and see if it resonates with you like it did with me.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that 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.”
I invite you to take action and make a commitment to yourself and your career RIGHT NOW in any area that you’ve been thinking…”hhhuuuumm, someday I’ll do that”. Be BOLD (says GOLD!)