So what does it actually look like to Level Up Your Life?

If you hop on over to Instagram, (Depending on who you follow) you’ll see a host of Entrapenures posing with their supercars, people on their laptops with a margarita at the beach, and some fitness model posing with some supplement…

We think that this looks easy or I want that then we set about getting it…

We order the supplements and set up our online store…

But when the Ads don’t turn into a profit and the supplements don’t Melt the Fat as advertised,

We realise there’s more work to this than initially thought.

Normally this is enough to make people quit.

So I thought I’d shed some light on what it actually looks like.

Levelling Up

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Don’t be a puppet to External Events.

Events affect our feelings and our feelings affect our actions,

We can have the best intentions of eating healthy and exercising but then some event affects your mood and instead of eating that salad or whatever you opt for the feel-good fast food take out and then go to the bar after work instead of the gym (Obvs none of these are happening right now)

Events are out of our control, we don’t control the traffic or the train being delayed, or a global outbreak that f*cks the world up, so why would we let something out of our control affect our mood and therefore actions.

How many opportunities have we missed because of this.

We don’t control outside events but we can control how we act.

When we control how we act we also control how we feel, Take control of what you can, Don’t be a puppet to External Events.

Premeditio Malorum

Premeditio Malorum

What is quite unlooked for is more crushing in its effect, and unexpectedness adds to the weight of a disaster. This is a reason for ensuring that nothing ever takes us by surprise. We should project our thoughts ahead of us at every turn and have in mind every possible eventuality instead of only the usual course of events…” – Seneca

Premeditio Malorum – Think about the evils that lay ahead,

In various conversations over the past week and what I’ve seen on FB, people seem to think that this virus is going to blow over in a week or two and then things are going to be normal again…

The chances of that happening are practically nil, even if the virus did magically clear within a week or two, The aftermath is going to hit not just the UK but the global economy hard…

Prices are probably going to increase as well as Taxes, businesses are going to close down and our jobs…

well, the government may be covering your wage for now, but can whoever you work for last once this is blown over…

Premeditio Malorum, have a plan for things getting worse, you can hope for the best but at least if you’re prepared you won’t have the added weight of unexpectedness and shock to deal with as well…

‘I wish it need not happen in my time’

‘I wish it need not happen in my time’

I wish it need not happen in my time said Frodo

So do I… and so do all who live to see such times,
But that’s not for them to decide, All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us said Gandalf.

We can wish this virus didn’t happen, we can wish anything bad didn’t happen,

But they did and we can’t change that, we can’t control what bad shit happens in the future,

all we can control is how we react to the situation at hand, you don’t need to rise and be a hero to the world or anything but complaining and moaning and wishing for things to be different is worse than any viruses…

Because you are literally waisting the time that has been given too you.

Stoic Practices to Help You Through This Time of Chaos

Some stoic practices to help you through this time of Chaos.

What is in my control – As this coronavirus outbreak as shown us there are lots of things outside of our control, Shouting at the tv, posting on Facebook, getting worried and panicking won’t change any of that.

What we can do is focus on the things in our control, We can stay calm amongst the panic, follow the guidelines on how to stop the spread by washing your hands and staying indoors, we can’t control whether other people are going out or not but we can control what we do and how we react.

Amor Fati – A fire turns anything that’s thrown on top of it into flames and burns brighter – Marcus Aurelius 

What keeps you from crumbling in the face of difficulties, Loving what happens to you and turning those obstacles into opportunities. No amount of anger or self-pity will change things, 

When your feeling Hungary say Amor Fati – Because your alive and can feel it,

When you’re being overrun at work because of this outbreak – say Amor fati because you’re still at work helping people and making a difference.

When you’ve just been laid off from a job because of the outbreak, Amor fati, This is an opportunity to spend more time with the family…

Whatever you’re struggling with Amor Fati, how can whatever it is turn you into a better person and grow

Premeditatio Malorum – Have a plan for if things get worse,

People seem to think that this is going to blow over in a couple of weeks and then everything’s going to get back to normal,

It probably isn’t, things are likely going to get much worse, not just during the outbreak but after it too, we’re likely going to face depression, prices and taxes are likely going to increase and some of our favourite businesses are going to go out…

Premeditatio Malorum in a time like this is probably the best time to start practising and planning for if things get worse.

What is quite unlooked for is more crushing in its effect, and unexpectedness adds to the weight of a disaster. This is a reason for ensuring that nothing ever takes us by surprise. We should project our thoughts ahead of us at every turn and have in mind every possible eventuality instead of only the usual course of events…”

Sympatheia – We’re all in this together

Stop being selfish, and look after the greater community its a global epidemic, not a youdemic play your part even that means just staying inside.

Memento Mori – We walk around thinking that we’re going to live forever and we treat our loved ones the same,

Memento More means to remember that you will die and so will your loved ones, this isn’t supposed to morbid but the opposite,

Knowing that one day you or your loved one will eventually part ways with life means that you don’t take their time with you for granted, you cherish the time that you’re given instead of wasting it watching tv or on your phone.

We need to practice

We don’t become virtuous by reading Epictetus or Seneca, We need to practice – Massimo Pigliucci

Practice, Practice, Practice that’s all we’re doing, all day every day,

The question is what are you practising?

Are you practising what you said you would or are you practising talking or quitting…

Talking about how you’re going to do this and how your going to do that Or quitting this because it didn’t work the first time

Jerry Seinfeld was booed off stage the first time he performed, did he quit… no, He practised