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Backing yourself…

Yesterday I attended a lunch where I am involved in career transition coaching, and I was captured by the words of a graduate of the program when she said…”even if your confidence is a little knocked, you have to back yourself”.  This woman had been retrenched on three separate occasions (such is the changing nature of our employment market) however she was back out working again and she had returned to share her story.   As often is the case, the stories of participants who have re-entered the workforce are inspiring not only for new participants going through career transition, but also for their consultants. 

Her words lingered with me today and, as I reflected on these last few months as I have stepped further out into the world of art and as an artist, I realised the truth of her words.  You do have to back yourself.  Investing time, money and effort in creating this beautiful website, joining with fellow emerging artists to launch our first major show, was all about “backing myself”.  And since then, the universe has responded accordingly.

I am reminded of the quote by W. H. Murray from the Scottish Himalayan Expedition (1951):

“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.

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 dreamt would have come his way.  I learned a 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!”

Just as Murray predicted, I realise today that since “backing myself” a whole series of connections, events and meetings have occurred that would not have happened otherwise.  I also realise how interconnected our lives are and how for real progress to occur, it cannot be done alone. 

Curiously, about 5 years ago now in response to an inner urge, I painted Goethe’s couplet in large print on my bedroom wall so I wake to this inspiration each morning.  And that woman was absolutely right, “even if your confidence is a little knocked, you do have to back yourself”.