A story: In the 18th century, Niccolo Paganini was revered as one of Europe’s outstanding musicians. One evening, he was about to play a concert before a sold-out audience in Italy. Just before the concert was about to begin, Niccolo began racing around the concert hall in a frenzy of excitement. Concerned, the manager tried to calm him. Finally, Niccolo went on and gave the performance of his life.
After the concert was over, the manager turned to the maestro and asked, “Niccolo, what happened just before you were about to play?” The musician answered, “By accident, I left my Stradivarius home. At the last minute, I had to borrow someone else’s violin. When I played it just now, I learned the most valuable lesson in my life. Before this evening, I thought the music was in the violin. Tonight I learned the music is in me.”*
“Tonight I learned the music is in me.” What a powerful lesson! And how important it is that we apply it in our own work. All the creativity, all the intelligence you need is inside you. As my friend Rob Gilbert says, You’re not lacking it, but you may be blocking it. As soon as we start believing the music is in us, everything changes.”
When we know that the music is in us, we understand that everything we need is already inside us — we just need to coax it out with patience and persistence.
When we know that the music is in us, we know that we can rely on ourselves for what we need. While we can take advantage of external resources, we don’t have to be dependent on them. Our self-reliance brings mastery and fulfillment.
When we know that the music is in us, we know that inspiration is an inside job. It may be triggered by something external to us, but it’s an inner flame that’s fanned whenever we believe in ourselves and the value of what we’re doing.
Sometime today, you may find yourself feeling that you are not equal to the task at hand: that if you only had this or knew that, you could accomplish what you want to. When that happens, just remember what Paganini discovered the night he forgot his Stradivarius: the music is in you. And then write on!
* This story comes to us via Dr. Rob Gilbert’s wonderful Success Hotline (973.743.4690).