I hope your summer has been GREAT, and that you’re incorporating some fun physical activity into your daily routine.
Training is as much about building a sense of self and confidence, as it is about building muscle and strength – and it can all happen at the same time. Training can be movement for its own sake – the joy of the endorphin rush, the social aspect of training, and the feeling that physical training can enable you to navigate other complicated areas in your life…relationships, kids, job…
Starting and sticking with a program will build habits and lead to a better you. It’s not a linear progression, and it’s not anyone else’s. It’s yours. Using the principles of stoicism will help you succeed.
Stoicism is a philosophy of achieving personal happiness based on self-discipline, self-control, and endurance – the 4 virtues of wisdom, justice, courage, and moderation. It is the belief that the individual can make a difference personally, and outwardly in the real world.
Stoicism is a philosophy designed to make us more resilient, happier, more virtuous, and wiser – and as a result, better people, better parents, and better professionals.
I recommend an excellent resource that’s inspiring and helpful in setting and achieving personal goals: Wisdom from The Daily Stoic
“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?” — Epictetus
The time to start is always now.
Not when your kids start school, not when you have more time, not when you’ve got your career in order, not when you’re under less stress, not when your knee, hip, and shoulder get better.
You can do what you need to do anywhere, any time, right now, here. This is where you’ll do the work, and begin to live the best version of your good life.
I hope you’ll buy The Daily Stoic: A Guide To Being The Best Version Of Yourself at a local bookseller like the Asbury Park Book Co Op, and let me know what you think, and how it’s helpful for you.
Find your strong!