How to be Unshakable: Lessons From Stoic Principles of Resilience
Stoicism teaches us that the best way to live is to accept fate and make the most of what happens. Stoics believe that we should live in accordance with nature and reason instead of emotion and impulse, which is considered a source of suffering.
Stoics believe that psychological tranquility and serenity are achievable through knowledge of one's own thoughts and beliefs, understanding that life is primarily affected by our judgments—not external events.
Stoicism is based on the idea that virtue, knowledge, and wisdom are the only things that matter in life. The Stoics believe that emotions like fear, anger, and anxiety are undesirable because they are often at odds with what humans really want - contentment and peace.
When faced with challenges, stoics maintain their composure, trust in themselves and the natural order, and avoid emotionality as much as possible.
According to Stoics, we have to look at the world from an objective perspective without getting too caught up in the moment-to-moment happenings that are not important. This requires constant training on one's self and cultivating various mental activities and practices such as reflection and journaling.
Stoics believe that only virtue is genuinely good, all actions are determined by fate or outside forces and are not within our power to change, so they don't worry about the future because they think it's out of their control.
Stoics believe in rational thinking, adopting a simple way of life, and striving to be independent of outside influences and emotions.
Resilience is a process for individuals or groups that can cope with adversity or shocks and still maintain effectiveness. Resilience includes a range of skills such as self-care, self-regulation of emotions, effective coping strategies for stress, building positive relationships, and social support
The Stoic philosophers were interested in how they can help people avoid unforeseen happenings and how people can use what happens as an opportunity for growth or learning about life. They saw adversity as an opportunity for personal transformation based on emotional intelligence.
The 7 Stoic principles of resilience are:
- Acknowledge that you cannot control what happens but only your reactions to it;
- Understand that everything happens for a reason;
- Ask how you can best learn from your experiences;
- Keep constant mindfulness of your environment;
- Identify with those who are subjectively worse off than yourself as well as those with more resources;
- Focus on what is within your control, and not what is outside it.