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The Long Game - Issue #156

“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who read
Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #156
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #156 • View online
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
Consumption vs. Creation – Where do you lie on this spectrum? I’ve pondered this question lately. I am skewed towards the consumption side. I find myself always looking for the next book to read or podcast to listen to. I am gaining knowledge, but am I really processing what I’m learning and applying it? I decided to give up podcasts during lent to work on the application of what I have learned.
Over the last six years, I’ve delved deep into breathwork, health, and human performance. However, the feeling that I need more information before I am ready to start creating my own content has held me back. Last year, I created a couple of online courses and expanded Symmetry’s Breath and Performance Workshops, but there is much more I can do. There comes a time for us 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.
“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” Bruce Lee
I am in the process of redoing my online courses and creating programs to help you live to your full potential by making small changes in your daily lives. I am actively looking to take on more online and in-person clients to help you achieve your goals whether that is in sports or in life. While I will always post articles and information in this newsletter, I would love to help you on a more personal level. If you are interested in improving your mind and your body, please sign up for a free 15 minute consult here.
Let’s go ahead and jump into this week’s links.

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 am working on cutting my consumption. Check out the article on steps to lower yours.
When mapping out our goals, we are taught to break them down into smaller more manageable goals to make the process less overwhelming. While this is helpful, if we make the steps too small, they are easier to skip. For example, we rationalize missing a meditation session because it was only a few minutes and we don’t feel it will matter in the long run. This article provides ways to breakdown your goals so that they are effective and allow you to hit the right milestones.
We all want to be happy. What tactics can we use to move our brains in the direction of happiness? Study after study shows the importance of nurturing meaningful relationships. Having close friends and family goes a long way in helping us enjoy the journey of life. Achievement doesn’t mean nearly as much if you don’t have others to share it with. Strive to live in the moment. If we are constantly worried about the past or the future, we will never enjoy what is right in front of us.
Rumi dates back to the 13th century and his work stands the test of time. One of my favorite quotes from the article is, “As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.” We can become hesitant about starting a new path, myself included. We want to know what will happen and we try to collect all the information before we begin. However, we will never really know until we start. Once we do, we learn along the way and adjust our steps. Whatever you are holding back on, start and see where it takes you. Another favorite quote is, “The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.” The only limits we have in life are those we set on ourselves. Take away your “can’t” and believe in yourself. If you don’t, no one else will.
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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