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The Long Game - Issue #163

"Be invested in the discovery, not the outcome." The Lion Tracker's Guide to LifeAn investment in the
Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #163
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #163 • View online
“Be invested in the discovery, not the outcome.” The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life
An investment in the discovery of the journey is how we find who we are. This is where we discover our gifts and what we were meant to do in this world. Investing in only an outcome allows external forces to guide our decisions and results in us following what society tells you to value vs. what you actually value. Investing in an outcome also includes adopting a belief that all games are finite and there must be winners and losers.
Enjoy the journey. “The discovery” helps us find what is driving us internally. We all have a path to walk in this life and it is our duty to find it. You are the only one with this power. You are in charge! Take a look at your path, are you invested in the discovery or worried about the outcome? How do you think your life could be different if you let go of the outcome and perception?
Wouldn’t it be nice to come out of this situation with an internal drive to stay healthy and active? What if you didn’t need an instructor yelling at you, another challenge to keep you going, or a big event to get in shape for? While these can be fun and I love to train for big events, this is not what drives me on a day to day basis. I enjoy staying fit and active because it makes me feel better, sharpens my mind, provides me with more emotional bandwidth to lend to others and it makes me more resilient.
The current environment is a great time to invest in the discovery. It is time to tune into your intuition and figure out what drives you internally. We all have it inside of us but it gets buried under everyday obligations and the stories modern society tells us. If you haven’t already, I hope you will dive into these questions and invest in the discovery of your life. We can’t control the outcomes but we can impact them by the actions we take along the way. Creating an internal drive to be better for yourself, your family and society is a great way to start. I’m here to help you figure this out for yourself. Send me an email and let’s talk.

Before jumping into the links, I want to say thank you to my strong, hard working, caring, beautiful, badass WIFE( in a few hours), Caroline. Today we were supposed to get married at the beach but with COVID we had to cancel everything. On Monday, we decided to go ahead and move forward this weekend with a small wedding with family. Without her, I would never be able to do what I am currently doing; she’s supported me through thick and thin. She is my rock and much tougher than I’ll ever be. I love you, Caroline and can’t wait to discover what the future holds!

While this article is focused on leaders, understanding self-determination theory will increase your intrinsic motivation. Our drive comes from autonomy, relatedness, and competence. Autonomy- the feeling of control over your day and choices. Relatedness- being part of a community or family. Competence- believing you are good at what you do. In terms of health, you can gain autonomy by having a clearly defined “why.” Once you figure this out, you won’t need all of those “30-day fitness challenges” to keep you going every month. Relatedness - being part of a gym is a great way to get the community in your life but you can also get it from your family or a good coach. Competence comes from understanding what you are doing. You might’ve gotten sweaty in your workout, but did you get better?
This is the best article I read this week, probably due to my inherent bias of seeking out adversity to make us better. To prepare “to more successfully and productively handle adversity isn’t mindless self-torture.” To become anti-fragile, we want to progressively build capacity to handle adversity. We need to actively seek out things we are scared of and move towards them. As we do this, we learn to control our emotional response to these situations, and with each effort, we get a little stronger. The next thing you know, you are the badass you were meant to be.
Our collective emotional health is of utmost importance at the moment. The amount of change and uncertainty over the last 6 weeks is even greater than what we saw in the financial crisis of 2008. We’ve discussed a lot of the ideas in this article but the author does a much better job than me with funny cartoons and ideas for helping you personally and to help build your team and organization.
There are a lot of nuggets in this piece. One I believe a lot of people will begin to agree with after this pandemic is - the best days are the simplest ones. When we are constantly on a quest for more, we lose sight of what we have, and the next thing you know your life has passed you by. As Collins puts it, “It wasn’t cars, money, houses, vacations, or fancy job titles. It wasn’t working yourself to death, or squashing your competition until they go out of business. It wasn’t about doing MORE. Maybe yours will be different, but I’ll bet you can’t go wrong with these three to start.” Another one I like is that no matter what happens, “keep marching 20 miles.” Through the ups and downs of life, just keep going and good things will eventually come.
Before I go, checkout a few more links I found this week.
Please join me for a virtual breath class and begin your journey to becoming more resilient. 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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