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The Long Game - Issue #152

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Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #152
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #152 • View online
I’m sorry the newsletter is late. I forgot to schedule it yesterday and we tied up all day long. I hope everyone is having a good weekend!

This week is a little food for thought. I encourage you to take a look at your life to see where you aren’t showing up fully. Where are you playing small? Is there more you can give in life? Does everything look good on the outside but something isn’t right? We tend to make ourselves look good externally out of security, comfort, and worry about what others will say. However, this is short term focused and will leave you with a lot of angst.
Now is the time to take an inventory of your life to determine what is missing. It’s likely you don’t need to make radical changes such as quitting your job, but you can show up more in your current life as a partner, parent, boss, or employee. This process requires you to take responsibility for everything that happens to you, the good and the bad. As you begin to take responsibility for your life, you bring back your power. You will realize that you are in charge and no matter what happens, you will respond.
Where can you make a bigger and better contribution in your life and the lives of others? Where are you going through the motions and not showing up fully? Are you allowing a fear of what other people might say affect the work you are doing? These are questions I am pondering myself and I’m sure some of you are too. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on where you feel you are playing small in your life. I find it helps to put these thoughts down on paper and I’m here to help if you need it.
Hopefully the links this week will spark more questions for you to ponder as we move through the year.

Benjamin Hardy defines “Success” as “continuously improving who you are, how you live, how you serve, and how you relate.” He goes on to discuss ways to cultivate success in accordance with this definition in this article. A few that I like in particular are: 1) Face your resistance and do what you are avoiding. If we tackle the things we are procrastinating on it will help us build confidence that we can build on; 2) How you do anything is how you do everything. If you are cutting corners in one area of your life, you will start to subconsciously believe you are a fraud in other areas; and, 3) Only engage in transformational relationships. We all know those people that only show up when they need something. Do yourself a favor and cut them out of your life. They will suck the life out of you and only add stress. Find your tribe and stick to them.
This is the fascinating tale of Felix Baumgartner and his jump from a balloon 24 miles above the earth. He was known as “Fearless Felix” for all the crazy jumps he’d completed in the past but was terrified of this one. He enlisted Michael Gervais, a sports psychologist, to help him overcome his fears. Gervais taught him to “think well and breathe well.” They worked to re-frame his thinking and allowed him to see what triggers evoked his panic response. This allowed him to eliminate his fears and by the time the jump came he was relaxed and nailed it. We see only the final product of this mesmerizing performance, but it took a lot of work for him to overcome his fears and accomplish this feat. If we are willing to put in the work, we can overcome our fears too. Check out the article to learn a few of the tactics Gervais used with Felix.
We all have regrets. Maybe we didn’t treat someone right and ruined a relationship or missed out on a big investment. Whatever it is, we must let it go. As Manson says, “a regret is simply a mistake that we haven’t learned the proper lesson from yet.” If we continue to regret things from our past they only serve to hold us back. We can create a false narrative around the situation, such as “I’m bad with money, or struggle with commitment.” Believing this about ourselves will do nothing to improve our future. We need to take a look at what happened in the past and learn from it. These decisions are part of what shaped you to become who you are today. Don’t let your regrets of the past ruin your future.
Before I go, check out a few more interesting articles I found.
Don’t forget to check Symmetry’s Introduction to Breath.
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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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