Yesterday was …


Did you know…

… that today is Stan Lee’s Birthday (1922)? Stan Lee was an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor, and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. In collaboration with several artists, Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men, and many other fictional characters. Celebrate Stan’s birthday by reading some superhero comic books or watching a movie!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Positive thinking is not about expecting the best to happen every time but accepting that whatever happens is the best for this moment.”

— Author Unknown

Did you know…


Did you know…

… that today is Texas Enters the U.S. Day? The flags of Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America and of the United States have flown over the area known as Texas, the state that became the 28th of the United States of America on this day in 1845. Texas is an altered pronunciation of the Indian word, Tejas, meaning friends, and that’s why the Texas state motto is “Friendship.” Happy birthday, Texas!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“If you want to know the past, to know what has caused you, look at yourself in the PRESENT, for that is the past’s effect. If you want to know your future, then look at yourself in the PRESENT, for that is the cause of the future.”

— Majjhima Nikaya

Stoic Thoughts….


How Much Longer Are You Going to Wait?

We all know professional procrastinators. You know, those people who constantly put stuff off. Who always have some new plan in the works to improve their health, their finances, their work, their friendships, their relationships. I’m ready to start eating better, they say… after the holidays. I’m ready to settle down… soon. I’m ready for my next big project… I just have to do something else first.

We know these people because we are these people. 

Every one of us wants to improve, wants to be better, wants to have better habits, live better, think better. Many of us even know what to do. But we can’t seem to actually do it. 

To that end, the great Stoic, Epictetus, has the perfect question for us: “How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?”

You know you deserve better. You know you’re capable of better. You have plans to do this, you intended to… but you haven’t actually done it. 

What’s it going to take? When are you going to stop talking about philosophy and start embodying it? When are you going to fulfill that potential that’s just sitting there?

How about right now? Because it’s possible. This year. 2021. We’re putting it to you here: Stop putting it off until tomorrow, until Monday, waiting for it to just happen. Because it won’t. Someone has to take control.

That someone is you.

There’s only 48 hours left to join our New Year, New You Challenge. We created this challenge for that person and for that reason—to help you create a better life, and a new you in 2021.

Take control this year. Stop putting it off.

The Daily Stoic New Year, New You Challenge is a set of 21 actionable challenges—presented one per day—built around the best, most timeless wisdom in Stoic philosophy. Our goal is to help you make 2021 your best year yet.

This year’s challenge is all-new content, guided by thousands of responses and reactions to our previous challenges, courses, videos, and emails. It’s a whole new challenge based on painstaking research and timeless science, for an all-new, life changing experience.

Every year—this year right in front of you—can be the most important year of your life. The one where you become your best, most creative, most centered, most self-reliant and resilient self. 

Some people are going to hire a personal trainer in January as their way of confronting the new year. You have the chance to get step-by-step instruction and encouragement from Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus to become the new you, for the new year in a new decade, that could very well produce a whole new world.

This year’s challenge is all-new content, designed to help you: 

  • Stop procrastinating on your dreams
  • Learn new skills
  • Quite harmful vices
  • Make amends
  • Learn from past mistakes
  • Have more hope for the new year
  • And much much more…

21 challenges designed to set up potentially life-changing habits for 2021 and beyond.

What is getting rid of one bad habit worth? What would you give to add a new positive way of thinking or acting into your daily routine? What would you give to be a positive person? And how great would it be to become a part of a community—part of a tribe—of people just like you, struggling and growing and making that satisfying progress towards the kind of personal reinvention that produces the kind of human beings they never knew they could one day be?

Well, here’s your chance.

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✓ Group Slack Channel For Accountability and Community

Don’t wait to better yourself. Don’t wait to demand more of yourself. Start Now.

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The most important blog post

It is on the most important blog.

Yours.

Even if no one but you reads it. The blog you write each day is the blog you need the most. It’s a compass and a mirror, a chance to put a stake in the ground and refine your thoughts.

And the most important post? The one you’ll write tomorrow.

Seth Godin’s Newsletter


If you don’t know you have it…

then you don’t. (Not yet.)

Cleaning out the fridge after a power failure, I found three half-empty containers of anchovies. Because they magically migrate to the back of the fridge, every time I had needed some, I ended up opening a new jar, because the old ones were invisible. Not just invisible if I had looked for them, but so invisible that it never even occurred to me to look for them.

And this is even more likely to happen with the data on your hard drive. If you don’t know to look for it, if you don’t believe it’s there, it might as well be deleted.

And of course, this applies to our lost skills, confidence and experience as well.

It’s worth putting in regular effort to remind ourselves of what we’ve already got and how it has served us in the past.