This week, I was introduced to the philosophy of Stoicism. Stoicism was founded in early 3rd century BC. This is clearly not a new way of thinking, so I am not going to pretend to be an expert, nor be able to offer an in-depth explanation. I will, however, share some topside information that I found interesting.
The way it relates to our professional world is that many believe this philosophy helps people thrive in a high stress environment. Over the years, some of the language has been mordernized to be made more applicable to today.
Here are just a few beliefs that I learned about Stoicism:
- Separate and focus on what you can control and through that it better prepares you for the things you can't control. How many times have we all heard or said 'focus on the controllable?'
-Take breaks from the world. Believe that the best place to find that retreat is in your own mind...'so constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.'
- Happiness is a life well-balanced.
- Be the best you can be, not perfect, but better than yesterday.
- We have power to exercise our choices and with that comes the responsibility to make the best choice we can possibly make.
- We suffer more in imagination than in reality.
Do any of these resinate with you?