“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”
George Bernard Shaw
Apparently it‟s statesmanlike to stand firm and not change your mind. It‟s also
idiotic to ignore new evidence and refuse to admit you may have been wrongwith your first conclusion.I remember when John Kerry ran against George Bush for President TheRepublicans discovered Kerry had changed his stance on the war in Iraq in lightof new information that had been made available.He was pilloried by the Republicans for being a flip-flopper rather thancommended for being honest enough to accept he was wrong.Your brain actually hates to be wrong and it sets off a series of chemicalresponses that
don‟t feel good at all. It takes courage to ignore those feelings and
admit your mistake. We all get stuff wrong, just admit it when you do and move on with yournewfound insight.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back.
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: thatthe moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise haveoccurred. 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 havecome his way.Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has
genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” –
William H Murray
This is often mistakenly attributed to Goethe when it really just came from aGoethe couplet and is presumed to have been said in full my ScottishMountaineer, W H Murray, although that is not 100% certain.Is there are greater quote on the importance of commitment? I doubt it.