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The Long Game - Issue #108

Consumption vs. Creation – Where do you lie on this spectrum? This is a question I’ve pondered lately
Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #108
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Consumption vs. Creation – Where do you lie on this spectrum? This is a question I’ve pondered lately. If we are honest with ourselves, we are skewed towards the consumption side. I find myself always looking for the next book to read or podcast to listen to. While I am gaining knowledge, am I really processing it and applying it to my life and work? In answering this question, I found I have plenty of information and now is the time to start creating more of my own.
Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” Albert Einstein
More specifically, over the last five years, I’ve delved deep into breathwork, health, and human performance. However, feeling that I need more information before I am ready to start creating my own content is holding me back. While I will remain curious and will always search for more knowledge, there comes a time to take a break from consuming information and start creating. I know this is ironic coming from a newsletter filled with articles and information that are written by others, but that is the nature of the beast.
I am writing this to put it out in the world and hold myself accountable. It is time to take all that I learned and put my own twist on it. As Bruce Lee says, “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” I will start creating more online content and programs to help others become the best version of themselves. I will start coaching more in Memphis and taking online clients. I will take action on the opportunities in front of me instead of analyzing them to death. As I wrote in my journal to start 2019, “be decisive is my #1 intention for this year.” 
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Let’s go ahead and jump into this week’s links.

As a society, we used to be obsessed with multi-tasking. Everyone thought it was the key to increasing productivity. However, research disproves this thought. Task switching has a major cost to your productivity. In fact, some studies say it takes 25 minutes to return to your original task. Deep focused work is far better. If we all set aside a few hours a day and turned our phones on airplane mode and shut down our internet browsers, we would all be more productive. I will be working on this in the weeks ahead.
As mentioned in my intro, finding a balance between consumption and creation is key. When we over consume, it causes decision fatigue, decreased attention spans and mental health problems. Decision fatigue is a big issue for me and one of the main reasons I need to cut my consumption. Check out the article on steps to lower yours.
This is a vast improvement on the stereotypical midlife crisis everyone thinks of when they hear “midlife crisis.” I believe pushing yourself farther than you think is a key to life. However, it is all relative and if you haven’t exercised in a long time, pushing yourself past a point you’ve never been is a huge accomplishment. It is about you, not anyone else. Extreme events become an addiction in their own right and if you constantly need to go harder and longer, I suggest looking inside to find out why. The key is to balance between knowing you can do more than you ever imagined with making sure you are not running away from your demons. This balance is something we must figure out on our own.
“Individuals on the path of mastery are driven from within.” If we are focused on external rewards and events, we will eventually burn out or realize we might be climbing the wrong ladder. Besides internal drive, this article has a lot of great tips. The tip on embracing acute failure for chronic gains was perfect for me right now. Similar to pushing our muscles to failure if we want them to grow, we must do the same with our internal self. The more rejection we encounter, the stronger we become - if we’re on the road to success.
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Before I go, here are a few more interesting articles to check out.
Thank you to all my loyal readers over the past two years! I hope you enjoyed another edition of The Long Game, feel free to pass it along. Have a great weekend!
In Health,
Taylor
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Taylor Somerville

The Long Game is a newsletter for people that want to grow and challenge themselves. It is about the drive to better ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually while having the curiosity to enjoy the journey. I will include articles, podcast, videos, and blogs on a variety of topics ranging from psychology, fitness, meditation, and nutrition. I am a certified XPT Coach, I hold the Art of Breath certification, I am a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and hold the Aerobic Capacity certficate. Checkout my website www.symmetry.live to learn more about the services I offer.

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