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The Long Game - Issue #150

Last week, I discussed “Amor Fati”, which means, accept everything that happens in life - the good, t
Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #150
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #150 • View online
Last week, I discussed “Amor Fati”, which means, accept everything that happens in life - the good, the bad, and the ugly. Our life experiences craft the person we become, but learning to accept all of the things that happen to us in our lives takes preparation. How do we prepare ourselves to tackle what life throws at us? We must work to “callous the mind” as David Goggins would say. We have the power to take control of our self-talk and the self-doubt that creeps in when bad things happen. We all deal with fear and self-doubt but learning how to handle it separates the successful from the unsuccessful.
A lot of the practices I incorporate into my clients and my life are to make us not only more resilient but anti-fragile. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the anti-fragile gets better. We want to grow through stress and advance with each shock to the system. Intense workouts, ice baths, breathwork, and journaling all help to make you more adaptable and better in handling difficult situations in life. You learn a lot about yourself when you put yourself in situations that shock your system. What kind of self-talk is going through your head? You will feel the stress and anxiety building into your chest but as you begin to slow your breathing and create positive affirmations in your mind the body begins to calm. Each time you do this you get better and better at it. You will improve each time you practice this and you will begin to realize that you can control the intense pressure you used to feel in your body when thinking about the difficult conversations you have to have from time to time or that presentation you have to give.
Don’t allow the siren song of the comforts of modern life hold you back or become a crutch. Get out there and test yourself. Pushing our physical and mental limits will provide you with a sense of achievement. The obstacles I choose to add to my life don’t come easily, including this newsletter, but I know if I can push past the resistance and set my mind to the task at hand, I will continue to get better. Embracing a growth mindset can drive you to learn new subjects, try new things, get comfortable in the unknown. This will help you be better equipped to handle the real struggles in life.
My long term mission is to help you take what you learn and apply it to all stressful situations in life, allowing you to handle it on your terms and avoid your emotions controlling your response. Don’t allow the modern world to turn you into a fragile person. Change your relationship with stress and become antifragile.
It’s time to jump into this week’s links.

Science used to tell us that our brain connections peaked in our mid-twenties, leveled off and began to decline as we age. However, that theory is no longer true and science shows that there are lots of things you can do to improve your brain function such as exercise, meditation, and sleep. The article also mentions juggling. That is a skill I’ve never tried to learn but it looks like there is good reason to.
This is a fantastic podcast about how fear impacts all of the important decisions in our life. According to Tony Blauer, “Fear impacts everything we do, from who we talk to whom we marry, from where we work to where we live, from how much weight we lift to whether or not we defend ourselves… the ability to recognize, and manage fear directly impacts the quality of our life.” This is a long podcast but has a lot of great nuggets. I encourage you to check it out.
Imposter syndrome is brutal and we all experience that little voice in our head telling us that everyone will find out we are a fraud even though we are doing our best and are successful. Overcoming imposter syndrome is about increasing your self-efficacy which is the belief that once we are given a task, we can complete it. You might not know-how to complete the task at that moment, but you can learn. This article discusses 4 ways to improve your self-efficacy. Check it out to find them out.
We all struggle to get over the hump sometimes and a good coach can help. Even if we know what we need to do, a coach will give us the accountability and confidence to do it whether it is business, health or training for a race, coaches can help in many areas of our life. If you’re struggling with your goals or just need a little help taking your performance to the next level, let’s chat. You can set-up a free consultation here.
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Before I go, check out a few more interesting articles I found.
Checkout our new program, Breathwork for Endurance..
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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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