Meaning-Making #21 — Mental Fortitude 🧠💪 + Hit The Ground Running in 2021 🏃‍♀️ | Design a Personal Challenge | How to Do Stoic Negative Visualization

written by JIBRAN EL BAZI |

Hey dear reader,

2020 is almost complete. Hopefully, you've had a good year, even though events probably didn't pan out the way you expected them to.

Alas, that is life.

I will keep it short, so no "year in review" or anything in this week's issue (although I may do a 2020 review somewhere in January).

I wrote two articles over the last week. Both of which can be valuable for your (mental) fortitude going into 2021.

#1 Stoic Negative Visualization

If you're feeling down and are struggling through these dark winter days, then my article on Negative Visualization is a perfect read for you to put things in perspective.

Here's an excerpt from the article "How to Focus on Your Life Goals Like The Stoics: The Benefits of Negative Visualization":

"Well, the stoics, in particular Seneca[1], had the idea that if you visualize what could go wrong in life, you'll derive two benefits from it:

1. Create psychological fitness, i.e., toughen up before a bad experience happens to you.

2. Induce feelings of gratefulness for what you already have in life. (This is very much like "want what you already have," which is also a common Zen Buddhism way of thinking.)"

#2 Design a Personal Challenge

And if you'd like to hit the ground running with awesome habits in 2021 but are not sure precisely what you can do to achieve that, I recommend reading my article on How To Design Personal Challenges.

Here's an excerpt from "How to Design a (30-day) Personal Challenge That Really Improves Your Life [Ultimate Guide + 7 Examples + Template]"

"But... have you tried designing personal challenges for yourself? Have you tried setting up a system that's so simple you can't help but do the work?

I think habit coach and writer James Clear says it very succinctly:

"You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems." - James Clear

You can have all the goals you want, but it's human nature to fall back on the systems (read: habits) we have in place."

Next issue

The next issue will be on January 8th. In it, I will cover my 2021 plans for and this newsletter.

I wish you a merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a fruitful 2021!




Like I promised, starting this January, I will publish this newsletter every week again.

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About jibran el bazi

Hey I'm Jibran, I'm here to learn, to play, and to connect with other meaning-makers. I write to seek understanding and to help others to become their true selves. I often start my writing with a question in one of the below themes:

🧭 Understand yourself - "How do you find clarity on who you are and what you want out of life?"

Take charge of your life - "How do you pursue your purpose while living a balanced life?"

Pass on the torch - "How do you best help others to become their True Self?"

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