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The Long Game - Issue #149

Earlier this week, I came across the phrase, “Man proposes, God disposes” in my daily stoic emails. I
Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #149
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #149 • View online
Earlier this week, I came across the phrase, “Man proposes, God disposes” in my daily stoic emails. In life, we have very little control over the outcome of events but we do control the plan we put in place and how hard we work. We must be ready for whatever comes our way.
The phrase above is similar to Nietzsche’s saying, “Amor Fati,” meaning, “a love of one’s fate”. While you could take this to mean, be content with whatever happens, but that is a cynical approach. “Amor Fati” truly means accepting everything that happens in life - the good, the bad, and the ugly. These are all part of crafting the person we become.
So often, we are stuck worrying about the past, our mistakes and failures, or worrying about the future outcome of events. This causes our performance to suffer and wastes energy. Instead of wasting time on these thought patterns and worries, enjoy the process. Go out each day and do the best you can. Put in the hard work to become a better person in professionally, personally, and our relationships with ourselves and others. All we control is the actions we take on a daily basis.
When a situation doesn’t turn out as we see planned, don’t pout. Instead of fighting negative events, learn from them. For example, reflect on whether the process broke down resulting in a missed mark or, was it something random and unforeseen. Whatever it was, accept it and move on. In the new year, work to accept what comes your way. Do not be content and float along in line. Understand that the tough times and failures shape you just as much, if not more than, the good times. You will have ups and downs this year, but keep doing the work. Keep giving life your all and attack it with enthusiasm. What comes to pass will come, we are all on different journeys and yours is uniquely your own.

Are you still keeping to your resolutions? Statistics show that a majority of people will be giving theirs up next week. Everyone starts the year motivated but motivation and will power are fleeting. As I’ve discussed in the past, you must create proper habits. If you are struggling with keeping your resolution, find a community that supports your resolutions. We are tribal people and having someone to hold you accountable can go a long way to achieving your goals.
We can become so focused and driven in life that we allow the joys of life to pass us by. We get caught worrying about the future and analyzing the past that we don’t see what is right in front of us. We miss the experiences that are making us who we are. No matter what your goal is, find joy in the process to get there. The process is where our life happens and where we become the person we were meant to be. As Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
We’ve learned a lot about the importance of sleep over the past few years, but it can still be a problem for a lot of people. Many people feel that they don’t get enough sleep or their sleep isn’t quality sleep. This article discusses how important it is to rest, even if we can’t get to sleep. Stressing yourself out over sleep is more harmful than missing sleep all together.
While I can’t imagine giving up my phone completely, this is a compelling idea. The article discusses how freeing it can be and how his creativity and relationships improved immensely. Setting boundaries and starting slow will also work. For example, remove the phone from the dinner table, cut it off after a certain time at night or for the whole weekend. It won’t be easy at first, but nothing good ever really comes easy.
Before I go, check out a few more interesting articles I found.
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In Health,
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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 to learn more about the services I offer.

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