Stoicism, Habit Change and Goal-Setting in the Age of Coronavirus

Resetting everything while you’re social distancing

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Control What You Can Control

In the ancient Greek Stoic philosophy, Epictetus introduced the concept of the dichotomy of control. Some events are in our control and other events are not in our control.

“That alone is in our power, which is our own work; and in this class are our opinions, impulses, desires, and aversions. What, on the contrary, is not in our power, are our bodies, possessions, glory, and power. Any delusion on this point leads to the greatest errors, misfortunes, and troubles, and to the slavery of the soul.”

— Epictetus

Updated for current times: “If you can control it, get moving and go control it. If you can’t control it, then adopt an attitude of indifference and move on.”

Yes, You Do Need New Goals

The word yes plays a key role in acceptance.

Replacement Habits

Many of your goals aren’t canceled; rather, it’s only the plan you put in place to achieve those goals that need to be trashed.

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