“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence,
then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Aristotle

A new decade is upon us and it seems like a good time to gain some clear sight! Ok, I’ll stay way from the 2020 jokes, but this list I found is quite useful. I’ve leverage this list to help guide me in creating both habits and affirmations.

The list contains seven items to ponder. Based on your interpretation, create a list of things you want to focus on this year. Maybe they are tasks, better even habits, and an excellent idea – create your own affirmation that gets read daily.

Be in good humor

Seneca shared that “all things are cause for either laughter or weeping.” and if that is the case “it is more fitting for a man(woman) to laugh at life than to lament over it.”

It is always your choice .

Be Regular at Work

Steven Pressfield says “Don’t think. Act. We can always revise and revisit once we’ve acted. But we can accomplish nothing until we act.” in his book “Do the Work.” Far too many people, me included, spend time planning and working to ‘be ready.’

Focus on the habits and workflows to spend more time doing and less time planning. What does this look like for you?

Keep a Journal

Just Write! Get your thoughts and Idea’s out of your head. Morning Pages is a good example or something akin to an evening retrospective.

Remember life is short

Epictetus once said if “I have to die, if it is now, well then I die now; if later, then now I will take my lunch, since the hour for lunch has arrived – and dying I will tend to later.” A dry sense of humor, yes, but also very correct. Spend your mental and physical energy focused on your current task and not in the future or the past.

Study Plato and Seneca

Have Faith in something. Anything really, it just needs to be something that provides to inner strength and guidance when you need it.

Love your Family & Friends

Enjoy your family and friends. Seneca shared with us that the “joy comes to us from those whom we love even when they are absent.” That we gain real pleasure from the associations and need to enjoy them. He reminds us to “enjoy our friends avidly, for how long this blessing will fall to our lot is uncertain.”

Disregard world opinion

Epictetus said, “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.

Focus on the things you can control and don’t waste your energy and time on things that you cannot.

You can find some stoic reading at https://dailystoic.com/

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