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The Long Game - Issue #162

A few weeks ago, I discussed training for life and becoming more resilient but it goes deeper than th
Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #162
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #162 • View online
A few weeks ago, I discussed training for life and becoming more resilient but it goes deeper than that.
Back in my days in the investment world, I was fascinated by concepts like antifragility and the black swan theory, both popularized by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. These concepts went a long way in my thought process into designing trades and portfolios that could benefit from unthinkable events and grow from disorder and stress. Now I use these concepts in thinking about how we can grow as people and society.
How do you train for the “unknown, unknowns,” the black swans like we are experiencing now? You train the mind and you do this with techniques that will make you antifragile.
In his book, “Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder” Nassim Nicholas Taleb discusses the concept of antifragility. “Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. “Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.” The human body has a process for creating antifragility called hormesis. Hormesis occurs when we apply stress to our system in small doses where higher doses would kill us, allowing our body to adapt and grow. 
We don’t want to just be resilient, we want to be antifragile. To do this, we must test our bodies with the right amount of stress and then allow ourselves time to recover and adapt to that stress. Then, the next time we can go a little harder. This is why we use the ice, the pool, and difficult workouts. At the same time, we focus on how to use your breath to handle the stressors. 
How are you handling the current stresses we are going through? They aren’t easy for anyone I sure have my days where I struggle. I am glad I have practices, experiences, and relationships I can come back to change my mindset. Do you? 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 black swans to turn you into a fragile person. Change your relationship with stress and become antifragile. Send me a dm if you’re ready or if you just need to talk.

To take control of situations like we are currently going through, we must be able to control our emotions and not get rattled. While this is a daunting task but we can be patient. We can stay positive and focus on areas where we can help and turn a bad situation around. This article goes into detail on how John Rockefeller was able to handle plenty of rough times back in his day. Check it out to learn more.
“In one study of 30,000 Americans, those who had the highest levels of stress were 43 percent more likely to die only if they also believed that stress was bad for their health.” Stress is not bad it is only a stimulus. We can use these times to grow or we can let them overtake us. As the article discusses, we must acknowledge the stressful situation, own them, and then use them to our advantage. If you need help with this, please send me a message and I’d be happy to give you techniques you can use.
I’ve read this post for the past two years and find myself nodding in agreement with a lot of it. A few that stuck out this year: How we define success will determine can determine whether we are filled with misery or meaning. The people we are with are more important than anything else. Other people won’t be able to live with the most consequential decisions of our life. And my favorite….all of these are easy to say but hard to live by. Like this newsletter, I write this for me to remember as much as to help you!
Before I go, checkout a few more links I found this week.
Please join me for a virtual breath class. You can sign up and check out the schedule here. All classes are free if you’re a healthcare worker or first responder, use code “Frontline”. If you’d like to join and can’t afford it, please send me a message.
I hope you enjoyed another edition of The Long Game, feel free to pass it along. Stay safe out there!
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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