Mistake

We must not say that every mistake is a foolish one.

-Cicero

How do you learn from mistakes? The only way to make use of mistakes is to properly reflect on them, learn and then act differently. If you seem to be plagued by making the same mistake again, and again it is likely not the mistake itself that is the problem. It may be a lack of honest reflection and appropriate action.

 

Comparison

Stop aspiring to be anyone other than your own best self: for that does fall within your control.

– Epictetus

Do you compare yourself to others? Before you can be who you should be, you have to be clear about who you are. Your process will only ever be your own and each and every one of us is extremely unique. Instead of comparing and inevitably competing with others, learn from them and add value to their lives.

Read

Books are the training weights of the mind.

-Epictetus

How often do you read? Reading a book of your choosing is a great way to express your will, learn and cultivate discipline. Sitting down on a daily basis and reading something that is aimed at your growth and development is a great habit to cultivate a strong mind.

Imagination

We are in the habit of exaggeration, or imagining, or anticipating, sorrow. 

-Seneca

Do you have a positive imagination? Focus on being competent in the now. Let yourself feel good about your competence, even in the smallest of things. This feeling will build if you let it and will lead to a healthy confidence. If you are confident in the now, your view of the future will be more optimistic. Think, write and really describe a positive image of tomorrow. Return to this positive image frequently.

Simple

become simple.

-Marcus Aurelius

How is your life complicated? How many of these complications are results of your own thinking and of your own actions? Eliminate the unnecessary clutter of your daily thinking and acting. Create your purpose on a daily basis and unwaveringly abide by your overall vision with your thoughts and actions. Increasing your focus will decrease your feelings of being overwhelmed by complications.

The Self

If we take good care of ourselves, we help everyone.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

Do you neglect your own well-being? You are the starting point for how you interact with the world. You cannot be outwardly positive before you feel good about yourself.

Dig

Dig within yourself. There lies the source of good; a source whose waters will forever well up, if you but forever dig.

-Marcus Aurelius

How do you look inward on a daily basis? Are you constantly consuming food, sights, and sounds without ever questioning if they’re good for you? To dig within is to practice the skill of inner dialogue. Talking to yourself, not out loud, or sometimes out loud, is the best way to practice introspection.