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The ancient philosophy of Stoicism, founded by the Greek philosopher Zeno of Citium in 300 B.C., has been a source of inspiration to many of history’s greatest minds and leaders.
Stoicism teaches that nothing can truly be good or bad until you make it so, and one way to do this is through affirmations—positive statements that you repeat over and over again in your mind.
These conscious thoughts can help transform your life by creating new neural pathways in your brain, making them easier to access when you need them most.
Learn more about stoic affirmations in this post and how they can help in your life.
You will get to know a few of the most famous quotes by philosophers such as Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus, as well as some modern-day examples. (read about Florence Scovel Shinn affirmations)
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What are Stoic Affirmations?
Stoic affirmations are a way to help you stay grounded and positive in the face of life’s challenges.
They can be used for any situation, from calming your nerves before a big presentation to keeping you focused during an important activity.
Stoic affirmations can also be used as part of meditation practice because they help you focus on your breathing while repeating an affirmation over and over again until it becomes ingrained in your mind.
When you repeat these affirmations it helps you release pent-up stress by focusing on something positive rather than negative feelings.
List of Stoic Affirmations To Guide You
- I will be serene and at peace with myself.
- I can be grateful for what I have and not focus on what I don’t have.
- I am an active, engaged human being.
- I always do what is right.
- I do not let my emotions overpower me.
- I am worthy of love and respect, and I will give myself both.
- It is okay to make mistakes; it is how we learn and grow.
- Today I am grateful I woke up.
- Life is a gift; I am thankful for my many blessings.
- Today I will focus only on what’s necessary.
- I don’t take things personally if someone hurts my feelings or says something mean.
- I will forgive those who have hurt me in the past, and let go of all resentment.
- I do not let myself be carried away by the crowd’s opinions.
- I am the only one responsible for my happiness.
- Today I will spend no time on what I can’t control.
- Tomorrow will bring new opportunities to learn more about myself and how to be better at being me.
- My opinion of myself is not dependent on other people’s thoughts of me.
- Whatever happens, I will face it with courage and dignity.
- Today I will not exaggerate problems, I will accept them as challenges.
- My state of mind is up to me, and I can choose it at will.
- I can take control of my life and my circumstances.
- Today is another day where I can make things better.
- Today, I will choose gratitude over anger; positivity over negativity.
- I will be kind to myself and others.
- Others can only treat me the way that I allow them to treat me,
- I will love with passion and compassion.
- I can endure whatever comes my way.
- I will let go of things that don’t serve me and appreciate all that I have been given in life.
- I am strong and powerful, not weak and helpless.
- I will face all challenges with courage, even if they turn out to be more than I can handle alone.
- I will not indulge in self-pity or grief, no matter what happens to me.
- The past is gone; it can’t be changed, but I can learn from it.
- It is up to me to decide how I want to feel and what I want my life to look like.
- Today, I will make the best decisions that I can with the knowledge that I have.
- I am enough just as I am today; there is no need for change or improvement.
- The only person who can make me happy is myself; nobody else has that power.
- I will be the best I can possibly be at all times.
- I have done so many wonderful things, and I will continue to do more of them.
- I am mindful of what I think and say.
- I can live my life with honor and integrity, even if others don’t do so around me.
What is Stoicism?
Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC.
It is a philosophy that teaches self-control and fortitude as a means of overcoming destructive emotions; its ethical tenets are derived from the teachings of Socrates, Plato, and Pythagoras.
According to its teachings, virtue is the only good while vice is the only evil.
Stoics also held that certain external events do not conform to our individual wills and are therefore not under our direct control, but should be accepted.
Stoic doctrines were popular with many notable Romans such as Cato the Younger (a bookish type), Marcus Aurelius (a warrior-philosopher), and Seneca (an advisor).
In my opinion, stoicism is a way of self-mastery, a way that can help each of us live a great life.
What Are the 4 Virtues of Stoicism?
The four virtues of Stoicism are practical wisdom (phronesis), courage (andreia), justice (dikaiosyne), and moderation (sophrosyne).
Practical wisdom is the ability to see things clearly, know what’s important, and act on it.
Courage is the ability to do what’s right even when it’s difficult or dangerous.
Justice is fairness in our dealings with others.
Moderation means avoiding extremes like excess and deficiency (e.g., eating too much or too little).
What is the Opposite of a Stoic?
The opposite of a stoic is an epicurean.
The Stoics believed that the only thing worth pursuing was virtue and wisdom.
The Epicureans, on the other hand, believed that pleasure was the most important thing to pursue.
What Are the Best Stoic Quotes?
“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” – Marcus Aurelius
When we are faced with a problem, it can help us to overcome it by focusing on the obstacle and finding ways around it.
If there is no obvious way forward, then you have to create one.
Use those obstacles as a means of motivating yourself to overcome them.
“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus
You can control how you react to external events, but you cannot control the events themselves.
If you have a positive outlook on life, then whatever happens will not be able to shake your confidence.
“We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.” – Seneca
Fear is a natural human emotion.
It’s the evolutionary response to danger, and it can be a good thing if we use it to avoid harm.
Let us govern our minds with what is true, and not with what is false; for our sorrows often proceed from opinions that have no foundation but in our imaginations.
“Do not act as if you were going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over you. While you live, while it is in your power, be good.” – Marcus Aurelius
To put it another way, imagine you were given a choice between two ways of living:
- Living for ten thousand years and being good sometimes, or
- Living for one hundred years (or however long) and being good all the time
Which would you pick?
I think most people would choose to live their one hundred years as well as possible because they know what is at stake—a good reputation in this lifetime—and therefore want to do their best.
The Stoics are saying that this is how we should approach our lives every day: We shouldn’t act as if we will live forever; rather, we should focus on doing what’s right now so that when death comes, our memories are not marred by regret over lost opportunities or thoughts of wasted time spent waiting around.
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius
This has to do with the difference between a healthy and unhealthy mind.
A person with an unhealthy mind is one who is controlled by his or her emotions, letting them dictate how he or she thinks and acts.
On the other hand, someone with a healthy mind has control over their thoughts and feelings; they can choose to focus on what is important rather than getting caught up in the negativity that does not help anyone.
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca
Preparation is key to success.
If you are not ready for an opportunity, you will not be able to seize it when it comes; therefore, it is important to make sure that you are prepared for what life throws at you.
It takes work and effort to be ready, but if you do the work first, then luck will not have any power over your life because it will be in your hands.
In Conclusion: Stoic Affirmations
I hope this article has helped you to understand a bit more about Stoicism and how it can be applied to your life.
We all need reminders that help us push through tough times, but these quotes from the ancients will help you stay focused on what really matters!
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