Personal Growth Resources:
Stoic Printables For Tough Days
I love creating original designs, and I have these hanging in my house so that I remember what is ultimately important. Even if I think I'm having a bad day, perseverance is usually the answer. They include two of my favorite quotes by Cicero and Marcus Aurelius, a memento mori, and another picture of Cato looking particularly badass with his gladius in hand refusing to surrender to Caesar, reminding me to keep going when I feel like quitting! Get these high quality PDFs to be printed out and hung in your home or office as a motivational tool! Click here to download them!
This printable self assessment is designed to help you take an honest look at your own personality traits, both positive and negative. There are no right and wrong answers, just try to be as honest as possible. The goal is self knowledge based on Stoic Reflective Practice.
A much longer, more in-depth psychological self assessment, created by Dr. Russ Harris of The Happiness Trap which can be used to discoverd your deepest values in life and to act accordingly.
Greg Sadler is an APPA-certified philosophical counselor, offering 1-on-1 coaching and philosophical counseling work with clients. He helps clients work through issues that are holding them back or presenting problems in their lives, relationships, or careers.
Personal Growth and Applied Philosophy Posts
This list comprises all of my personal growth, character, and applied philosophy blog posts going back to 2013:
The 7 Rules of Good Conversation According to Cicero
Cicero’s rules for tact and good conversation are still quite helpful to us in our modern lives.
38 Life Lessons in 38 Years
This list of 38 life lessons will help you avoid common mistakes and pitfalls.
The Most Powerful Tool for Living Your Best Life
Philosophical theory alone is not enough to transform us, we need this tool too.
5 Things That You Need to Be Happy According to Cicero
What do we really need to be happy? According to Roman philosopher Cicero, not very much.
Why You Should Create Your Own Culture to be Happier
Cut out expressions of mainstream culture that sabotage your happiness and personal growth.
Wise Advice on Human Flourishing in 10 Terrific Quotes
In this guest post, Winton Bates curates wise advice on flourishing based on his extensive life experience.
Fake it Until You Make it: Aristotle on Becoming a Better Person
Hexis in Ancient Greek is a kind of striving by strength of character. To become good, Aristotle essentially thought that you need to "fake it 'till you make it."
The Revolution Inside
Peace and justice are two goals which the politically inclined often seek, but they are simultaneously inner qualities which a philosophical person must posses. If we want to see the world change we must first concern ourselves with healing our own lives.
20 Quotes on Becoming Good by History's Greatest Thinkers
We need good habits if we are ever to become better people, if we don't want to be overcome by the inertia of our lives. Here are 20 inspiring quotes by some of the world's greatest minds on becoming good:
The Ancient Greeks Got Happiness Right: 3 Steps to Eudaimonia
We all want to be happy. But could it be that we have our understanding of happiness all wrong? Is there a missing moral component at the root of happiness?
4 Life Lesson We Can Learn From the Cynic Philosophers
We need not live a Cynic life ourselves to learn from the Cynic example of minimalism, humor, and more.
21 Traits of a Good Character
No one is born perfect. But the goods news is that we can all work to learn certain positive traits and behaviors that will improve our relationships, our happiness and our character. Cultivate these 21 personality traits.
7 Common End-Of-Life Regrets and How to Avoid Having Them
Meditating on regrets of the dying can help us to put our own lives into perspective before our time is up.
A Mediation on Courage
Anxiety seems to be at the root of the modern condition. Try these 2 techniques to overcome it.
How Can We Overcome Our Biases?
The problem with our perceptions being filtered through our belief structures is that it can create something called confirmation bias.
How to Get Rid of the Need to Be Right
Always needing to be right is a character flaw. What qualities can we cultivate in ourselves to combat always needing to be right?
How to Be a Badass According to Cicero
Cicero was an unceasing supporter of the Republic and fearless when faced with his own death. Here are 5 great pieces of advice on fortitude from Cicero:
Applying Stoicism When Life Gets Tough
The goal of this guest post by Travis Hume is more control over our reactions to difficulties, and a more measured response to emotions.
Stop Doing This if You Want to Be Happy
Hedonic Adaptation has been observed recently, but Kant possessed a similar insight, changing the course of one man's life in an impromptu 1789 meeting.
5 Insightful Ways to Identify and Change Your Character Flaws
It's important to have insight about your negative personality traits if you want to change them. Usually just a small part of your personality is actively holding you back and keeping you from flourishing in life.
4 Pieces of Stoic Wisdom for Dealing With Negative News Media
You can exercise the Stoics' ancient brand of philosophical wisdom and not get upset about events in the news. Freedom from these concerns can be yours via these 4 important realizations:
Pythagoras and Stoic Mediation: Prescription for a Good Life
The Stoics used a form of meditation which they may have borrowed from Pythagoreanism. It involves morning and evening meditations. Read more.
The Secret to Happiness: Stoic Gratitude
Stoic philosophy shares many traits with positive psychology, most notably that happiness is within our control. Read more here.
How Introspection Can teach You Everything You Need to Know About Yourself
Carl Jung is famous for having said, “What you resist, persists,” meaning that if you hide or ignore your faults, you can’t grow past them. Read more here.