Scene: It’s Monday morning, amid a glorious week of early Spring sunshine. The words of your creative director, quoting David Hockney, who refers to Spring as ‘action time’, are ringing in your ears.

Your best friend, a theatre director, has given you a book about the creative process involved in theatre, which you’re eating up, because it’s brilliant and illuminating and pretty inspiring so far.

Then a new chapter of the book opens with this quote from Goethe. And it gets right to the heart of everything you’ve been thinking about recently, even though it’s centuries old.

Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have occurred.

A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

In case it didn’t sink in, read that last sentence again. It’s magnificent.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Spring time is the right time for action. Let’s be bold.