Our Sphere of Control
Contentment and being self-sufficient is about focussing your time and energy on things that you do something about.
You are responsible for the things you can impact; all the other things are beyond your control.
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Stay silent and humble, even if you don't find any external recognition.
Being a showoff or looking for validation is not going to be of any use in the long run.
The more you push yourself, the more opportunities open up in front of you, due to the connections between your various interests.
You will be then able to view and assess things with a new perspective, identify your shortcomings and provide a richer solution to your problems.
In this age of shortcuts and instant results, go for the old way of working hard, manually.
Let go of relaxing or delegating and choose to dive into the task yourself.
Stoicism is essentially about assigning things their proper, real value. It identifies what is in our control, and what is beyond us, in our lives.
Stoic virtues of moderation, wisdom, courage, and contentment are evident in the principle of Self-sufficiency.
This makes you self-aware and creates space to process and think about what is meaningful and what to avoid absorbing.
Identify what's in your control, what's beyond, and what is in between.
Those things which are in your control should be a priority, and where you should put your time and energy.
‘Living in agreement with nature’ is about behaving rationally like a human instead of randomly (and out of passion) like a beast. In other words, we should always apply our natural ability ‘reason’ in all of our actions. If we apply reason we live in agreement with nature, because we act like humans are meant to act.
Often we have everything in our life planned out, but rarely does it ever go in the direction you'd want it to go. We are never going to get everything we want at the time we want it to happen and that's okay.
Life takes us somewhere we would never anticipate but timing is everything. When we are patient, humble, and dedicated, we can attain success through and through.
Is the way of thinking in which you consider the opposite of what you want.
Inversion puts a spotlight on errors and roadblocks that are not obvious at first glance. What if the opposite was true? What if I focused on a different side of this situation? Instead of asking how to do something, ask how to not do it.
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