As the end of the year approaches most of us will likely start reflecting on the year that was and set new goals or “resolutions” for the year that is to come. Well, we’re taking you back to what we think is an important concept that will help you achieve your new year goals and live a joyous and full life.
In this episode, we revisit Stoicism. Stoicism is a philosophy dating back centuries and is still very relevant to today’s living. It is the flip side of what you all know as goal setting but presents another angle towards reaching your objectives in the new decade.
Stoicism and fear setting, in particular, are cool models and lenses to run things through and even see what didn’t work for the year so that you can plan to avoid those things moving into the new year.
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15:21 – “Stoicism is an acknowledgement that we don’t control and we can’t rely on external events in the world. The only thing we can control is ourselves and our responses to those events…what we think, what we feel, what we say and what we do. The world is going to throw us curve balls. Stuff is going to happen and we choose how to respond to that. So in every culture, in every religion, in every time, there has been a question of how we conduct ourselves and how we handle life vicissitudes.” – Phil Cross
20:08 – “Stoicism, at its heart, we don’t control the world around us but we do control how we react to it.” – Phil Cross
22:06 – “The joy in doing things is in the suffering and the happiness.” – Daren Lake
42:47 – “To be a philosopher is not merely to have several thoughts, nor even to found a school, it is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically but practically. So stoicism is intended as a practical philosophy…fear setting it’s a mechanism for practically thinking through something and enhancing your life and dealing with problems.” – Phil Cross
Tim Ferris on Fear Setting
Sam Harris Waking Up meditation
Turia Pitt, Ultramarathon athlete
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