Now, posts likes these would usually start off with a brief history of the Spartans and a bit of what made them the most fierce warriors in antiquity. However, that’s not the point of this post as the history is not necessary for what I’m going to talk about.
When I say the spartan mentality, I mean the resiliency of your mind (i.e. how well you can handle stressful situations and how easily is your equanimity shaken).
This post is going to be about how to cultivate that mentality as well as the philosophy behind it, starting from the bottom up.
Now, what is the spartan mentality?
Glad you asked!
The spartan mentality is the mind frame of seeing everything as a challenge than can be conquered. It is the mentality of the truly extraordinary (Kobe Bryant (R.I.P), Bill Gates, Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs, etc.). It is the mind frame of not fearing adversity but rather being excited about it as it is an opportunity to improve. It is the mind frame of never giving up, never doubting or questioning your abilities in getting the job done and exceeding expectations.
That, is the spartan mentality.
Now, how does one cultivate the spartan mentality?
Another great question!
It starts with a decision. it starts when you decide that you want to make a change in your life for the better. It starts when you sick and tired of being sick and tired of your own bullshit and lack of accountability for your choices and where they led you in this life.
As for how to cultivate it, you start small. Suppose you want to lost weight, you don’t start lifting 300lbs and doing 10 mile runs every day; you’ll kill yourself. No, you start by getting rid of the junk food and buying clean food. You start by walking for 30mins around the neighborhood every day. You start with reading articles and even a couple books about proper fitness and health.
Cultivating a mentality takes time. . . a lot of time.
Look, I’m not going to lie to you. It will take years to cultivate this mentality even though it will only take a couple months to cultivate the habits. You being a lazy slob took years to happen, it didn’t occur overnight; therefore, it will take years for you to be an active superstar. So, guess what? It will not happen overnight.
Losing weight is just one example. . .
Now, the crux of cultivating this mentality is through philosophy. Particularly stoicism.
Now, it may seem bias since I am a practicing stoic, but, it is only because stoicism is the only philosophy that a) relates to life itself and b) isn’t taught in universities.
Now, why does the fact stoicism isn’t taught in universities matter? Because if it was, most people would drop out after the first semester. Not because the class is horrible, but because it would help them solve their deepest problems and teach them how to be decent human beings. Plus, money is in the preservation of the human condition, not the cure.
There are two main parts to cultivating the spartan mentality and they will seem counterintuitive.
Peace of mind and Equanimity.
I know, right? Spartan is usually associated with war, adversity, struggle, pain, and the like. What does peace of mind and equanimity have to do with the spartan mentality?
You have a habit of asking good questions, don’t you?
Alright, I’ll reconcile it for you.
Peace of mind is the environment and equanimity is mental calmness.
What’s the difference?
Well, you can physically manifest an environment of comfort which gives you peace of mind (i.e home, man cave, office space, etc.) While equanimity is a state of mind that is maintained regardless and independent of circumstance. (i.e. apartment gets robbed. car breaks down. getting fired from your job, etc.)
Peace of mind comes from the calm environment you create for yourself to recharge, so you can take on the world another day.
Equanimity is keeping calm regardless of what the world, or life, throws at you. . .no matter what.
Hope this helps,