One of the integral features of Stoicism is the emphasis it places on being prepared for future setbacks. We want to make sure that everyone who enrolls on this course manages to complete it, insofar as that’s realistically possible. It’s therefore important to consider potential problems, and how to overcome them, from the very outset if you want to be sure you’ll see the training right through to the end.
Use the course Comments area below to post your reflections on possible setbacks you might encounter over the next few weeks.
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- What could possibly prevent you from completing the whole course?
- What could you do to avoid that happening?
- What strengths and resources do you have, which might help you to overcome any obstacles that you may encounter?
Try to anticipate the obvious setbacks or obstacles that may occur during a training course of this nature, and do your best right now to reduce their potential impact.
If problems arise during the course, please contact your course facilitator immediately. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible and try to offer as much help and support as we can. Use the course facilitator and your fellow students as resources to help you get past any practical or psychological barriers that might otherwise stand in your way during the course.
One of the most common reasons for people dropping out of a training course is that they felt they didn’t have enough time or energy to participate. Think carefully before proceeding about whether or not you are physically able to undertake a four-week training course right now and if you’re able to make a commitment to see it through to completion.
The good news is that, done correctly, this training potentially takes no time at all! That might seem paradoxical. However, it’s because a lot of the changes you’ll be making involve doing less of certain things and generally making better use of your time. So overall you should actually find yourself saving time in your daily routine. “Self-help” can consist in doing fewer unhelpful things in life as well as doing more of the helpful ones. Sometimes less is more, and the Stoics definitely realised that. We’ve deliberately designed the training so that it takes very little time indeed to do the key exercises, and so that overall they should free up more time during your day. However, there are also some optional exercises included that you may want to use if you have some additional time available.
If you catch yourself worrying about whether you have the time to participate, pause to consider how much time you’re potentially going to save by sticking with the training program and learning to reduce unnecessary or unhelpful trains of thought, and patterns of behaviour, etc. Some of the audio recordings do take about fifteen minutes each day but you can potentially listen to these at night as you’re falling asleep, as long as you feel you’re still managing to take on-board some of the content, and so that means they take no time at all from your day.
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