I love warm weather and the dry, beautiful nature of Northern California. In the picture I am enjoying some of the last days of summer weather on a hike with a friend near my home in San Ramon. Hiking to the top of this ridge we could see a spectacular 360 degree view of the entire San Francisco Bay Area. The mountain in the distance is Mt. Diablo, the highest peak in the East Bay. As you can see, we had great visibility that day.
This picture relates to today’s topic for Major Good Mojo. In this blog we’ll explore how to “move mountains” and “move the Universe.” The answer, simple, elegant, and powerful, is one of the three Power Principles in my Major Good Mojo System, and one of the very first things my clients engage when embarking on their journey.
Read on and enjoy!
How to Move Mountains: Commit to Yourself and Your Life
Most of you are probably familiar with the following famous passage attributed to German writer J.W. von Goethe. (Note: research has indicated that Scottish mountaineer W.H. Murray actually penned most of this quote, however in any case, it’s very powerful).
“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 favor 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.”
Why does this passage hit home? Because each of us has experienced this amazing power of commitment. We know that when we authentically and fully commit ourselves to something, providence does move and miracles do happen. It’s a wondrous thing.
Some evidence for this power of commitment and its ability to move the Universe is found in the work of Cleve Backster, an interrogation specialist with the CIA and polygraph (lie detector) expert. In the 1960s he performed and published a series of experiments on the effect of human intention on plants and found that plants responded (via polygraph instrumentation) to human intention to do them harm. He called this phenomenon “primary perception.” While that is quite remarkable in and of itself, even more remarkable is that the plants DID NOT respond to “pretend” intentions to do them harm. Only when the person was REALLY going to them harm did they respond. The Universe knows the difference between real commitment and intention, and pretend or “half hearted” commitment. We know the difference too.
Because of its incredible power, commitment is one of the first requirements for engaging my proprietary Major Good Mojo System. It’s the first of three Major Good Mojo Power Principles. For the duration of the Major Good Mojo System, my clients agree to follow, live by, and live into these important Power Principles. These are principles of living discovered through years of trial and error that I have found are essential to creating a life of Major Good Mojo.
So, the first Power Principle is: commit to yourself and your life. Going back to Goethe “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.” In today’s world there are so many competing priorities it’s easy to get distracted and off track. To live a truly fulfilling life, you must make your personal growth and development a top priority. The activities you engage for your personal growth and development must become as important and habitual as brushing your teeth, taking a shower, and eating – because they actually are that important.
In addition to working one-on-one with individuals supporting their realization of full potential, I also work with organizations in the same way. Organizations are realizing the pace of change in the world today requires they develop the skill of continuous learning and growth and are now making employee growth and development a top priority. In the past, developing employees was “nice” to do (often given lip service), but was not a necessity. However, today, it’s imperative. As one mentor of mine said: “You are either growing or you’re dying.” Which do you choose?
Committing to yourself and your life is partly about becoming comfortable on the learning curve. Decide to develop the skill to always learn and develop yourself, and commit to that, surrender to it, and let go of the fantasy that you will “arrive” someday. Let go of the fantasy that you will no longer have to be learning, growing, and evolving. The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll start enjoying some Major Good Mojo.
So here’s the thing: the world is evolving at a faster and faster pace and this requires we develop the skill of continuous learning, growth and development. It requires that we both surrender to this fact, AND commit to this aspect for powerful living. If you want providence to move, if you want to move mountains, then YOU must move, you must fully commit. Fully commit to yourself and your life, and you’ll move mountains too.
Your Major Good Mojo Assignment:
Commitment occurs at many levels in our lives. From something simple like our commitment to wake up at a certain time, to something more involved and longer term like our commitment to a relationship or a role in life. Look into the various areas of your life and assess your level of commitment in each: where are you fully committed and where are you not so committed? Where are you whole-heartedly engaged and where are you half-heartedly engaged? Do you notice a difference in the results you are getting from those areas where you are fully and whole-heartedly committed? In what areas of your life could you benefit from a higher level of commitment and more providence and magic? Choose now to increase your level of commitment in these areas and watch the magic unfold!