When Stamford shliach, Rabbi Yisroel Deren, told the Rebbe that he was afraid to take on a hachlata since he may not follow through, the Rebbe had special advice for him.
Reb Yisroel Deren, long-time shliach to Stamford, Connecticut, received many direct instructions and words of encouragement from the Rebbe over the years, but there was one response that motivates him every day.
Reb Yisroel relates:
“At one point in my shlichus I wished to undertake a new initiative. I wanted to write to the Rebbe of my new hachlata, but I was worried that I may not follow through on my commitment.
“In my quandary, I decided to share these deliberations with the Rebbe in a letter.
“The Rebbe responded as follows: ‘By remembering that you promised me, that itself will inspire you to fulfill it!’”
(Compass Magazine Issue 18)
From The Weekly Farbrengen by Merkaz Anash