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Training and Competing with Stoicism

Training and Competing with Stoicism

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

- Marcus Aurelius

I've taken an interest in stoicism recently and felt that some parallels could be drawn between this philosophy and a healthy approach towards training and competition. Let me know what you think.

1) Be content with what you already have. Being happy with your current situation removes destructive motivations.

2) Everything that happens is neutral. Subjectively every event can be viewed from an infinite number of perspectives, these all balance and result in neutrality. Therefore, any positive or negative feelings towards a situation are internal and of your choosing.

3) Practice separation. Divide everything into two categories, what you can and cannot control. Focus all your energy on what you are able to control.

4) Turn obstacles upside down. Choose to see any adverse event in a positive manner. If you fail, then try to see it as a lesson learned.

5) Assume voluntary discomfort. It is often said that Jiu-Jitsu is about finding comfort in discomfort. Take the difficult path and expand your comfort zone.

6) Emotions are created internally. You can choose to adopt a positive or negative perspective on any situation. You are the master of your mind.

7) Care less. Free your mind of negativity, let go of the failures of yesterday and move forward.

Just food for thought