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Get Ready For War Before Committing to One

The Proper Starting Point for a Massive Change — According to Epictetus

In every affair consider what precedes and follows, and then undertake it. Otherwise you will begin with spirit; but not having thought of the consequences, when some of them appear you will shamefully desist.

…conform to rules, submit to a diet, refrain from dainties; exercise your body, whether you choose it or not, at a stated hour, in heat and cold; you must drink no cold water, nor sometimes even wine.

When you have evaluated all this, if your inclination still holds, then go to war.

The if-then Plan of Action

  • You armor yourself by anticipating the perils and pitfalls along the way. Thus you won’t be caught by surprise when facing hardships. Hence not being panicked, your subconscious will not dissuade you from continuing the pursuit.
  • The anticipation of pitfalls and planning for them offloads the cumbersome process of decision-making to automatic processes.



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Amir Afianian

Productivity is My Passion | Programmer | I Read Obsessively, Experiment Like a Maniac, And Write What Actually Works in Here.