Act based on your principles, not your mood.

 Act based on your principles, not your mood. This is one of the main laws of Stoicism that will help you achieve your goals, bring unfinished tasks to completion, and, in the process, lead to happiness.

Stoicism has many facets, but we will discuss one of the most interesting from the perspective of self-development. Let’s provide our own definition for the concept. Stoicism is the firmness and courage in life’s trials.

The stoic’s goal is to find inner peace, overcoming adversities, practicing self-control, being aware of impulses, understanding the ephemeral nature of problems, and the transience of existence. Stoicism is about practices that help one live in harmony with reality, not against it.

The most crucial aspect of learning Stoicism is its principles. However, without one important character trait, it is nearly impossible to adhere to them.

Virtue
Stoics considered virtue the most important character trait. By “virtue,” they meant the highest development of human personality and identified four forms of this trait:

1. Wisdom and prudence: includes deliberate reflection, sound judgment, perspective, and common sense.
2. Justice: includes benevolence, goodwill, honesty, and service to others.
3. Courage and fortitude: includes bravery, persistence, authenticity, and confidence.
4. Self-discipline and moderation: includes orderliness, self-control, forgiveness, and humility.

In the Stoic sense, you can only be virtuous if you practice all four forms. Stoics insisted that virtue is its own reward. If you act in accordance with reason and your nature, you not only become better but also attain happiness.

During the development of your personality, you will encounter obstacles—negative habits. It’s crucial for you to accept these barriers and not avoid them; you need to learn to turn them into fuel that will lead you to a successful and happy life.

We will share some of the most interesting and important principles from the school of Stoicism, most of which were formulated by these three thinkers. If you incorporate them into your life, they will positively impact both your work and relationships with others.

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