The Daily Stoic

Oooff, it’s been a couple of hectic weeks and my head is threatening to overload, so I think it’s about that time for me to sit down and have a little talk (or I guess type this post out hahah).

The past few weeks things have really been starting to take off on Youtube and Instagram, in the sense that I am feeling more inspired to create and improve on my craft. At the same time however, I have noticed how the amount of time I spend on my phone  has significantly increased. The fact that iPhones now show you how many hours you spend on your phone have made this fact even more confronting. This is mainly due to me not having a lot of physical friends (I stay at home a lot), so my phone is really my gateway to a lot of my friendships. I however started to notice that being on my phone is has started to become an addiction. The unease I feel after not checking my phone for messages every 10 minutes (or less) is frightening and so I realised that it was time for some change and that’s what I started working on last week.

Last year I promised myself that I was going to read this huge stack of self improvement books and I have come to the realisation that whenever I announce that I am planning to read a book it never happens (that’s also why TBRs never work and are embarrassing for me). Either way I took the leap last week and I started reading  The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman and So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport. Both are very different in the sense that The Daily Stoic is a book meant to be read over the span of a year (on page per day) and really focuses on wisdoms concerning life, whereas Newport’s book researches how you can get a job that you really enjoy a.ka. finding the perfect job. Both are very interesting, but for now I would like to focus more on The Daily Stoic, or at least discuss what I learned from it the past week, to kind of refresh my mind and really internalise the wisdoms.

The first month January focuses on clarity:

‘Control your perceptions.
Direct your actions properly.
Willingly accept what’s outside your control.’

I felt that this quote summed up the first week of January quite well. In a world in which there are so many distractions that are constantly screaming at us for attention, it’s hard to remain focused. Furthermore it is important to recognise that there are so many things that we don’t have control over. How others treat us, if we get that job we wanted or not. What is even more important is that we should realise that despairing over things that you can’t change for an extended period can really do you harm. I am someone who tends to linger of these sort of things and in a sense it has become liberating to consciously decided to not stress/cry over things I can’t change and rather focus my energy on the things I do have control over, and I can tell you it makes me feel incredibly powerful. Realising you are the master of your own future can make such a huge difference and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store :)

xx Seji

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