How to build confidence (Words of Marcus Aurelius)

Marcus Aurelius was the last of the five good emperors of Rome, and a stoic philosopher of his time.

In his words, “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live

He believed that a man should be willing to bear uncomfortable circumstances if that is what life demands, to live up to his full potential. This is impossible without self-confidence.

Here are a few ways that he recommended to build self-confidence:

  1. Focus on building your character
  2. Practice self-acceptance
  3. Focus on your thoughts
  4. Take ownership of your life
  5. Don’t speak too much about yourself
  6. Remind yourself of death 
  7. Ignore the ‘no’ sayers
  8. Have an evening confidence ritual
  9. Make a plan and stop over-thinking
  10. Keep your word

Which of these do you follow and which do you think is the most impactful?

Let me know your views on this.

Published by Sruti Shivakumar

An architect from India on a journey of self exploration

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