A Whistle Stop Tour of Stoicism

Welcome back to What Supp Blog! As ever I aim to bring some of the best information for supplementing your physical and mental performances day in and day out. I’ve got something a little different for y’all today with the focus being on mindset.

In order to develop a focused and balanced mindset, it’s helpful to have outlook that promotes these qualities. This post will hopefully aid that by giving a whistle stop tour of Stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of, in a nutshell, learning to roll with the punches. I’ll give you a brief overview of this practical philosophy then 3 principles to live in stoic way.

The philosophy asserts that behaviour showing high moral standards equates to happiness, and judgment should be based on behaviour, rather than words. A core principle is we don’t control and cannot rely on external events, only ourselves and our responses.

Stoicism has just a few central teachings. It sets out to remind us of how unpredictable the world can be. How brief our moment of life is. How to be steadfast, and strong, and in control of yourself. And finally, that the source of our dissatisfaction lies in our impulsive dependency on our reflexive senses, rather than logic.

Stoicism has been bought back to the fore front in recent years by a few key authors such as Tim Ferris (podcast host extraordinaire), 48 laws of power supremo Robert Greene and the current go to voice of stoicism, Ryan Holiday.

Mr Ryan Holiday has released a few books that are both accessible in language and easy to digest, something some of the original stoic texts can certainly not always be. Below are three key stoic lessons that Ryan recently gave away of Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Radio podcast;

1. Focus on what is in your control and ignore what is out of your control. This is regardless of whether it’s micro or macro issues and themes within daily living.

2. Treat obstacles you encounter as opportunities to do things you couldn’t and/or wouldn’t have done before. This in itself give you opportunity to get better at facing adversity and difficulty.

3. Make time to cultivate moments of stillness in your life, if you won’t, who will? This can be meditation or simply walking unplugged from the world. Either allowing for time to reflect and consider life’s circumstances.

Ok, thanks for reading! If you you liked, please leave a comment and like. Till next time.

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