“First say to yourself what you would be — and then do what you have to do.”
Epictetus was a Greek philosopher [who bought his freedom from enslavement] and whose teachings were drafted by his student Arrian into what is widely known as The Discourses series of books. He posited theories about how to best use our minds [to reduce the significance of how we react to external circumstances] to lead our most fulfilling lives.
There are four surviving volumes out of the original eight. They’ve been translated and are in the public domain. I still prefer to do line copy language comparisons to not miss variations in text. Sections include chapters on understanding the difference between things within our power – prohairetic and things not in our power – aprohairetic. There’s also discussion on how to be true to your character. His influence has extended to psychiatry, (method) acting and religion. This is one more link to add to our Mind/Body/Spirit conversations at the blog. It’s worth exploring.