One of the anecdotes often told of Italian opera composer Gioachino Rossini was of how he used to like to compose his musical scores from the comfort of his bed. One day he was said to have dropped his work on the floor. Too “lazy” to pick it up, he started over again, and as it turned out, he created an entirely new masterpiece. Since it is probably harder to start from scratch than to finish something you are already mid-way through, perhaps what Rossini really displayed was not laziness but the ability to use his willpower. He actually liked the second version of what he wrote even better than the first, so the work he put into starting over could be seen as a triumph over the complacency to accept what to him, might have been just mediocre.
It is time to stop thinking of yourself as lazy and start exercising your willpower. While it is true that we human beings have the ability to override the voice inside of us that recognizes the right thing to do , we also have the ability to resist the path of self-destruction (eg sitting on the couch and eating doughnuts) and get back on track with what we are supposed to be doing. Strengthening our willpower is key.
Dr. Piero Ferrucci, Italian psychotherapist and author of “What We May Be”, gives these suggestions for strengthening our willpower capabilities. He warns that will power, like exercising, cannot be approached excessively. You start out small , with one or two of these suggestions and gradually build up. He suggests the following:
· Make a plan and stick to it.
· Say no when it is right to say no and easier to say yes.
· Perform an act of courage
· Behave independently of what other people might think or say.
· Break a habit
So this week, make a promise to yourself to step out of the box of inertia, and begin to take positive action for your life each and every day. In small ways, then in bigger ways. Stand up for what you believe. Don’t just say you value your health, friends, and finances—make all of your ACTIONS stand witness to your words. Make your intentions become a reality with the power you have inside of you—the power of your WILL.
In bocca al lupo! (good luck)