The Wayward Stoic investigates the concept of willpower, comparing it to a finite resource that, like a muscle, must be exercised and developed. The post urges readers to view moments of exhaustion or low motivation as natural components of personal growth and endurance rather than failure.
- Willpower is likened to a muscle, it must be regularly exercised, and it has finite strength, subject to moments of fatigue or reduction.
- Moments of decreased willpower or motivation, while difficult, should not be seen as signals to quit but recognized as a natural part of pushing one’s limits.
- Stoic philosophy encourages understanding negative moments as external influences, which are usually based on others’ expectations.
- When willpower seems depleted, it’s a sign of growth indicating that one has pushed beyond previous levels of experience. It’s important to allow oneself time to rest and recover.
- Willpower serves as fuel for life, hence maintaining it is crucial. Understanding that life and its experiences are under one’s control can help cultivate stronger willpower.