Did You Actually Decide to Do This?

by | Nov 15, 2023

What commitments have you been avoiding?

Think about it for a second…

Have you been waiting to pull the trigger on that family vacation?

Or signing up for that gym or class that you wanted to join?

What about that conversation with your friend or family member you’ve been avoiding?

“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 favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. I have 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. Begin it now.”

― William Hutchison Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

Most of us are waiting for something good to happen to be committed…but the truth is that the good stuff lies on the other side of your commitment.

Do you know the difference between making a decision and actually deciding?

Lots of us have made the decision to DO something but haven’t actually decided to BE it…to own it.

How many people have made the decision to get married but have not actually decided to be married?

How many people have made the decision to get in shape but not actually decided to be in shape?

We’ve all been there…

How many times have you made the decision to do something but never truly decided to be it, to live it, to be fully and wholeheartedly committed to it?

In fact, do you know what the definition of decide is?

[De·cide: come to a resolution in the mind as a result of consideration.]

“Cide” in Latin literally means – to cut off or kill.

When you’ve decided, it means you’ve literally cut off any other options.

And one of the lessons we adopt early on in the Smart Nutrition Coaching Program is the ability and importance of deciding to become a different person. To identify as someone who enjoys being healthy, active, and physically fit.

We don’t serve our clients by helping them obsess about arbitrary weight loss goals or macro plans…

We serve them by talking about what could be possible.

WHEN you lose that weight, because you will, then what else could you do?

WHEN you feel more confident and have the energy to be an active participant in your kids’ life, then what else could you do?

Imagine a life where your health and fitness propel you instead of holding you back…


And the only way we can lean into possibility is by helping them decide to embrace the challenges in front of them…

So that there’s no other choice but to move forward.

Because the cost of not making change is far more painful than what they’ll experience in defining who they are and who they need to become.

“Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

Most of us are just not bold enough to decide and commit to what we know is right.



In Health,



Benjamin Brown
Owner / Head coach
Body Systems

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