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The Long Game - Issue #166

I’m back home after some time away and I’ve got the full newsletter for you this week. One theme that
Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #166
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #166 • View online
I’m back home after some time away and I’ve got the full newsletter for you this week. One theme that keeps popping into my head is “control.” What do we truly have control over? One thing we’ve learned over the past couple of months is how little control we have in certain aspects of our lives. Who would’ve guessed a pandemic would shut down the world? While there was not a lot that we could do to get ahead of it, there is a lot we can do now and in the future as a result.
 Our thoughts and actions are all we control. We must willingly accept this and move on. After the pandemic hit, did you sulk and wonder why this was happening or did you try to adapt to the changing situation? Taking action and adapting your plans is the only way forward. Cultivating this mindset is a skill that can be improved through work. To advance in this chaotic world, you must learn to feed your mind with the right thoughts.  From there, it is about taking action and not getting bogged down in other’s perceptions. We do not control other’s responses to our work. No matter what we do in life, some people will hate it, some will love it and some won’t care. Just keep moving forward, adjust, adapt, and become resilient.  
If you are still stuck wondering what is next, now is the time to take action and become the author of your life. While you can get help along the way, it is up to you to take action. I believe in you! I hope you can find some motivation in the links this week.

We can use this time to get bitter or get better. While the world is beginning to open back up, a majority of our time is still spent at home. This is a great time to work on your relationships with loved ones. You can build them up or let them fall apart. The article also has a great graphic of “fear zones, learning zones, and growth zones” as a way to think about your actions during this time. It is up to you to determine how you want to come out of all of this.
I’ll be honest, this is one habit I’ve been doing way too much of over the past two months. It is too easy to drink daily and it became more common. Now, I’m focused on getting back to normal and only drinking on the weekends. I’m not saying that should be your normal, but I feel much better when I am not drinking during the week. My sleep and focus drastically improves. What habits are you ready to change? Now is the time to make it happen.
This article provides four great pieces of advice we can all use. I find the first one regarding breaking down big objectives into small pieces to be very important. When we are trying to create new habits or start new projects it is very easy to get overwhelmed and quit. If we break it down into small action items and focus on only what is in front of us, it makes it much easier to accomplish. Check out the rest of the article to find out more.
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. If you can’t make it live you will still receive the recording to watch later.
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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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