sent: February 20, 2022 | Newsletter #4
"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." -From: Maya Angelou
(Source: Letter to My Daughter)
For the past 2 and a half years everyone in the world has dealt with an uncontrollable event. Not only can't we control COVID-19, but we can't control inflation, gas prices, or travel restrictions that have come along with it. But, there are things we CAN control that will make up for it.
We can control:
- What time we get up.
- How often we use our credit cards.
- The amount of exercise we get each day.
- How we treat our friends, family, and coworkers.
The point is, we should focus on the things we can control each and every day so we can have a solid foundation to withstand the uncertainty of life. Whether it's COVID, student loans, a cancer diagnosis, or a job layoff, we must be ready for things we can't control.
Stoicism is a philosophy that teaches people how to live their best lives regardless of what is going on in the world.
Staying consistent with this mindset is not easy so I encourage you to check out the practical philosophy called Stoicism. Put simply, Stoicism is a philosophy that teaches people how to live their best lives regardless of what is going on in the world. This philosophy has helped people like Bill Belichick, Warren Buffett, and Elon Musk.
A study from one of the most trusted journals in the world, Nature, revealed that COVID-19 and the vast reach of the virus suggest that behavioral health concerns should take a primary role in pandemic recovery. So my question for this week is:
Do your day-to-day behaviors focus on the things you can control?
ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER
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Each issue contains 1 Quote, 1 Reflection, and 1 Question each meant to guide you on the next step forward in your life towards improvement.
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"Money is in some respects, like fire. It is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master." - P.T. Barnum
February 14 (older)
"To enjoy life, you don't need fancy nonsense, but you do need to control your time and realize that most things just aren't as serious as you make them out to be." - Tim Ferriss