You know it's been a pretty great few months since school has ended. I often think to myself "Why is that the case? What have I changed in my life to make this the case?" There are various reasons that could be the root cause of why I'm on a productive roll, however a major change that occurred earlier this summer, was that I found stoicism.
"You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength."
- Marcus Aurelius
This quote from Marcus Aurelius fits well here because I believe it does a pretty great job of explaining what Stoicism is all about. To me, to be a stoic means to focus only on the things that you can control. It's a philosophy that has stood the test of time and actually spiked in popularity recently due to the fact that (in my opinion) it works.
Oftentimes in the modern world, we are distracted by things like FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and other distractions that at their root cause do nothing to help you do what the clock does and just keep moving forward.
Earlier this year, I was at a lull in creating content, and this really did not break until the beginning of summer when I found stoicism. Once I came to the realization that the actions I took were the only thing I could control life became much easier.
Conversations where I would try to convince others of something changed for me, I took more immediate action on issues, and I focused only on what I could control. This level of self-focus is oftentimes what brings me into the flow state and puts me in productive work sessions for hours.
As modern stoic and author Ryan Holiday wrote in his book "Stillness is the Key" as he referenced Blaise Pascal:
All of humanity's problems, stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone."
The world is filled with distractions now more than it's ever been, and I truly believe that my improved ability to find my own stillness in the work I'm doing and the life I'm living allows me to put more energy towards things like writing an actual newsletter.
I offer you one piece of advice before I end this newsletter. Instead of focusing on things like the news and other people's business, focus on what you are doing in this very moment and then do that constantly throughout the day. It may just change your life.
Have an awesome week!
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