“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own…” – Epictetus
Found at https://dailystoic.com/stoic-quotes/
So many people worry about things that they cannot control – the weather, other people, and traffic. What they should be concerned about is what they can control—their attitude, the people they associate with, and the way they react to these outside, uncontrollable conditions.
If you are satisfied with things as they are, you will be contented. If you are not satisfied with things as they are—change yourself. Change how you do things, change what you know, change your action. Take the time you need to think about a problem. Look at the solutions. Create a plan to overcome the problem and then ACT.
When I have taken the time to really think through potential solutions to my problems, then create and execute that plan, things tend to turn out better. When I panic and react to things without any forethought, I tend to make the problem far worse than it would have been had I taken some time to really think it through.
Take a look at your life today. Take a few minutes and think about where you are now and where you would like to be, what you would like to be, the skills you want to attain, the job you want to do. Are you happy with what you discover?
If you are, stay on your current glide path. If not, perhaps a change or two is in order. With change comes challenges. These challenges result from your mind resisting change. Our minds are wired to avoid change and stay with the status quo. Embrace change but only when you understand the “why” behind it. If you have a strong “why” you’ll get through it. If you are changing for the sake of change, changing for someone else or society—stop. Lasting change will only occur when you want it and your “why” is stronger than your habit or routine.
Have a great weekend everybody!
Until next time…