Posts tagged "stoicism"

Practicing what you preach

Our identities are often dictated by the plans, decisions, and actions that we make throughout the day. It can sometimes be a challenge to honor the principles you want to demonstrate. This may instances where you are making decisions for yourself, or serving as a leader for a group or organization. In my own contexts,…

Viewing your life as a project

One helpful focus that I've found in Stoic philosophies is the opportunity to consider our lives as an ongoing project. This includes a regular journey of ethical self-development. I first started this journey as I had just graduated from college. My Aunt and Uncle indicated that I had a job and was single with no…

Moving beyond survival

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. - Aristotle In our lives, the number one priority should be the expansion of our own self awareness. We need to become aware, accept, and in some cases adjust the truth about ourselves and our world. To…

How to have a good life and be happy

In much of my work, I try to drive down to the first principles and identify the basic elements needed to guide actions in our life and work. These first principles allow us to identify the fundamental truths as we understand what to focus on...and what to ignore. In order to have a good life…

Examining your impressions

Many times in life, we unthinkingly accept our first impressions as true. We celebrate ourselves as thoughtful, critical, intelligent beings, and yet we don’t always use these capacities. It is essential that we distinguish the impressions we make on the world, and his these impact our choices and decisions. External impressions can be deceiving. What…

Developing resilience and preparing for adversity

Grit. Resilience. Mental toughness. Growth mindsets. We often hear these terms used a lot in and out of educational contexts. The key element in this is learning how to reframe failure, and building mental capacity, or the opportunity to practice resilience. Reducing the effects of significant adversity on our lives is essential to the progress and…