Homer’s Odyssey is the story of Odysseus, the King of Ithaca, who leaves his wife and son to fight in the Trojan War. The story has all the adventure, discovery, monsters, adversity, terror, and tangles you would expect from a modern Hollywood production. And, it’s got a powerful, western, self help message. Turns out we’ve been lovin on these kinda messages for many a millennia. If you want a bit more willpower, you might want to catch Odysseus’ pre-load plan.
As the story goes Odysseus is sailing for home when his vessel nears the land of the seductive Sirens. He’s heard stories of their beautiful songs, and the seductive and destructive power to those who venture in too close. He wants to hear them, but only from a safe distance. So, he pre-loads his plan. He has his mates tie him to the main mast, fill their own ears with wax, and instructs them to pay no attention to his cries or struggles. In fact, if they see him struggle they are to apply more ropes to the poor guy. The pre-loaded plan works to perfection. He gets to hear the Sirens song without crashing on their rocks and drowning.
Want more willpower? Pre-load your plan. Pre-load. You know your weaknesses, tendencies, temptations, and the triggers that ignite your hot zones, right? Pre-load your plan. Pre-load your response. Involve your team of truth tellers too. If xyz happens then abc is your pre- loaded response. Pre-loading works. It just takes time to pre-load your triggers, tendencies, temptations, and then your “cool” responses into your cranium. Here’s Odysseus’ pre-loaded plan for what it’s worth.
“If I beseech and bid you to set me free, then do ye straiten me with yet more bonds.”
The King knew his weaknesses and triggers. He understood the ancient wisdom – You don’t rise to the occasion, you slip to the level of your training. So, he trained his brain.
My pre-loaded response to chaos, Grappy’s pre-loaded response to me getting off the bike, and Brother Mick’s pre-loaded response to my symptoms, saved my sorriness. I preloaded my response prior to March 27, 2021. Stay calm. Catch another breath. Ask God for help. Block out the noise. I chose to preload prior to the pressure. You?
Live hard. Love harder…