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“Living Stronger” is the first part of the CFLF vision. This is a critical component that requires a conscious choice, but can also be encouraged and supported by loved ones and existing resources.
To be stronger requires a mindset of accepting and committing to a challenge. Cystic fibrosis is a challenge that does not quit, and so too must the effort to overcome it never quit. The mindset of ‘try’ has an inherent ‘out’, or excuse, of opportunity to not ‘do’.
“Motivation does not necessarily need to precede action.” A great number of people that exercise regularly are not always excited about doing activity that is tiring, sweaty, and sometimes painful. However, it is more common that through and/or after the activity is where one feels greater motivation and accomplishment.
Deciding to ‘Do’ is making a commitment to yourself, or others, that results in action.
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy,
the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative
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 have otherwise
never 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 one could have dreamt
would have come their way.
I have learned a deep respect
for one of Goethe's couplets:
“Whatever you can do, or Dream you can...
Boldness has Genius, Power, and Magic in it”
W.N. Murray - 1951 (Scottish Himalayan Expedition)