Confidence

Habit is the only thing that creates certainty.

-John Stuart Mill

What do you habitually do, say and think? No matter what the answer is if it is a habit you’re getting confident. You may be getting confident that you’re not confident. No matter what it is if it is a habit it carries the power to create belief.

 

Consume

There are four kinds of food that we consume every day. They are: edible food (what we put into our mouths to nourish our bodies), sensory food (what we smell, hear, taste, feel and touch), volition (the motivation and intention that fuels us) and consciousness (this includes our individual consciousness, the collective consciousness, and our environment.)

-Thich Nhat Hanh

What did you consume today? This week? This month? Taking control of what we consume, when we can, will lead to a happier and more focused life.

Strength

He who overcomes others has force. He who overcomes himself is strong.

-Lao Tzu

Are you your worst enemy? We can start to eliminate negative thinking by confronting it with positive actions aimed at growth. Much of this starts with acknowledging that we can only control our own thoughts and actions. If we can control it, it should be aimed at self-improvement and at adding value to the communities of which we are a member.

 

Happiness

True happiness is a verb.

-Epictetus

What makes you happy? For Epictetus, the answer is you. More specifically, what you do. When unhappy, literally do something that makes you happy. However small the action may seem or short it may last, it is the starting point to your happiness.

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.

 

The Present

Everywhere and at all times, it is up to you to rejoice piously at what is occurring at the present moment, to conduct yourself with justice towards the people who are present here and now…

-Marcus Aurelius

For how much of your day are you present? The present moment is a gift. This perspective alone makes for a happier life. Gratitude is a greater starting point for living than desire. Being present means appreciating the now, right now.