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The Long Game - Issue #155

Do you take actions based out of fear or courage? Taking actions out of fear is typically a result of
Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #155
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #155 • View online
Do you take actions based out of fear or courage? Taking actions out of fear is typically a result of past traumas, worry, or lack of safety. After we’ve been hurt, we tend to close off ourselves from being vulnerable with others because we don’t want to feel that pain again. For example, a relationship ended badly and we don’t want the next one to end that way or we had a business venture go south and we’re worried it will happen again.
Acting out of fear causes our brain to constantly seek out the worst possible outcomes. Additionally, we close ourselves off to the greatness the universe has to offer and we don’t show the world how much we have to give.
Imagine what you could accomplish by shifting from a perspective of fear and scarcity to abundance. What if we knew without a shadow of a doubt that no matter what happens, we would succeed? Opening yourself up to all the world’s possibilities will allow you to take the big risks such as starting your own company or getting married, which I’ll be doing in a month! Whatever it is, don’t let past experiences define your future. While they are here to guide us and teach us lessons, they do not define us.
This can be easier said than done, but we all have the ability to change and allow ourselves to see the opportunities that are out there. We owe it to ourselves and the world to live up to our potential. If you find yourself worried about an outcome, write out your worries on paper. Once it is out of your head and on paper, it is easier to determine how rational your thoughts, fears, and worries are. If we leave these thoughts dancing in our heads, we can’t make a rational decision. 
Your actions and the choices you make will determine how your life unfolds. Be unreasonable with your expectations and open yourself up to a spectacular life. While you open yourself up to the possibility of getting hurt and making a mistake, the upside is unlimited. This is a risk/reward play and the bigger risk is to never experience how great your life can be and the impact you can leave on others.
Let’s go ahead and check out this week’s links!

Abundance or scarcity is a choice. This viewpoint will affect every decision we make. If we believe there is not enough to go around we won’t be fully present in our relationships. If we have a scarcity mindset in our business, we believe that taking from others will help us grow. However, we will grow by building each other up instead of tearing others down. There are plenty of opportunities in this world and we don’t need to get caught up in what everyone else is doing.
What do you want out of life? This is an important question that most of us don’t ask ourselves until it is too late. We get caught up in the rat race and then one day we turn around and wonder what the hell happened. We regret not spending more time with our family, or we don’t make the difficult choices that lead to a full life down the road. This article discusses different ways to look at what you actually want out of life and helps put a framework in determining it for yourself.
While these rules are obvious, it is great to see them laid out. One of my favorites is: “life not a marathon or a sprint, but a maze.” Life is full of choices and how we navigate those choices will determine our level of fulfillment. Death is the only end-point in life and we must enjoy the ride. Enjoy putting in the work at each step as opposed to the outcome of what your decisions might bring. If we get too caught up in the outcomes we miss a lot of the fun. As Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
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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