… but when I said that nothing had been done I erred in one important matter. We had definitely committed ourselves and were halfway out of our ruts. We had put down our passage money— booked a sailing to Bombay. This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence
This is the paragraph directly before the Ultimate Motivational Quote (“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy…”).
William Hutchison Murray was a mountain-climber and adventurer. Here he is, starting before he is ready – booking his ticket and getting “halfway out of our ruts”.
The “definite commitment” of a small step is worth dozens of hours of pondering direction, making backup plans and calculating consequences.