December 13, 2021

Don’t Sell Yourself Too Cheaply

How satisfying it is to dismiss and block out any upsetting or foreign impression, and immediately to have peace in all things.

- Marcus Aurelius, (121-180), Meditations

The Stoics were mercifully spared the information overload endemic to today’s society. They had no social media, no newspapers, no television chatter to rile them up.

But even back then, an undisciplined person would have found plenty to be distracted and upset by. Part of the Stoic mindset then was a sort of a cultivated ignorance.

Publilius Syrus’s epigram expresses it well: “Always shun that which makes you angry.” Meaning: turn your mind away from the things that provoke it.

If you find that discussing politics at the dinner table leads to fighting, why do you keep bringing it up? If your sibling’s life choices bother you, why don’t you stop picking at them and making them your concern?

The same goes for so many other sources of aggravation. It’s not a sign of weakness to shut them out. Instead, it’s a sign of strong will.

Try saying: “I know the reaction I typically take in these situations, and I’m not going to do it this time.” And then follow it with: “I’m also going to remove this stimulus from my life in the future as well.”

Because what follows is peace and serenity.

Note: This article was published in "The Daily Stoic" by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman, available on Amazon.

Why Bother? Why be Angry? Why not Ignore and Enjoy?

We only own our lives. And with life we own body, mind and soul.

What about looking after the foundation of life, our own body with a healthy lifestyle that gives us the chance to own it and enjoy as long as possible?

We only have one body. Why not look after it?

Exercise, nutrition and sleep are key elements for a healthy body. It's not too complicated to make these three areas first priority and support them for your own good.

Ready for a Little Exercise?

Ok, there we go. Take pen and paper and write:

  1. 5 Reasons not to take care of your body and not to make sure you exercise, eat healthy and sleep enough.
  2. 5 Reasons why it does make sense exercise, eat healthy and sleep enough.
  3. 5 Reasons why bother with things you can´t change anyway?
  4. Your conclusions and three (only) new habits you will immediate adopt to help your healthy lifestyle.

It's about you and you only! Always know your price. In doing that you will never be tempted to let the nitty gritty and unavoidable spoil your day. Get done what needs to be and drop the ball where possible.

This is figureoutable and doable. Go do it and never forget the 72 Hours Rule. Agree on actions with yourself (take it seriously like a contract) and move it within less than 72! 

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