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The Long Game - Issue #193

Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #193
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #193 • View online
The conversations we have with ourselves are more important than any other. Do you find yourself consistently beating yourself up over mistakes you make? Do you get stuck in stories you tell yourself that do not serve you well anymore, such as, “I can’t do x or y.” You’re not alone. Most of us deal with these issues. However, with practice and training our mindset, we can reframe the stories in our heads and have them work for us instead of against us. Mindset is the key to living a healthy and fulling life. It is the glue holding our health and human performance together.
In looking at the thoughts and stories we tell ourselves, remind yourself that they come and go. When negative self-talk pops into your head, have compassion for yourself. Become aware of the thought, label it, and let it pass. This process takes practice and stillness. Whether you sit and meditate for twenty minutes or go on a walk without your phone, you need time to examine the stories you tell yourself. Are you your own worst critic or your fiercest ally? Would you say the things you tell yourself to a friend or loved one? Journal on these thoughts and see what comes up. Awareness is the first step to change. Then, incorporate positive self-talk into your daily life and you will move to a growth mindset.
A growth mindset is a term coined by Dr. Carol Dweck. A growth mindset allows you to believe that your most basic abilities can develop through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. You will look for challenges and when you are frustrated, you will persevere. Your effort and attitude determine everything as you take ownership of your life. With this mindset, you will improve how you respond to failure because you realize it is part of your growth. Your mind can be improved and strengthened just as your body can.
To sum it up, our mindset is a powerful factor in the daily progression of our health, wealth, and happiness. Our mind can be our most powerful ally or greatest enemy. We all have thought loops and limiting beliefs that can stand in the way of our success. With practice, you can learn to overcome your negative self-talk and strengthen your mind. It begins by taking ownership of your life to develop a growth mindset. Don’t be a victim and allow life to happen to you. There is no better time than now to move into the driver seat of your life. If you need help getting started, send me an email and let’s talk.

Thought awareness can lead to increased focus during the day. We all have internal triggers that drive us to check our phones and procrastinate. What is driving this? It takes time to sort these out, but as the article discusses, it’s preceded by “feeling anxious, having a craving, feeling restless, or thinking you are incompetent.” You can’t push these away or fight them as it will only make matters worse. Recognize them and “surf the urge,” allowing them to pass before acting. Check out the article for more ways to increase focus, becoming aware of internal triggers.
How we tell our life story has a direct relationship to how we feel. Are you always the victim or do you gain strength from difficult experiences? If we can find the positives in traumatic experiences such as losing a job or a loved one, we are more likely to have a fulfilling life. Please take a look at the stories you tell yourself, write them down, and look at the recurring themes. You might be surprised you see the same ones popping up over and over. Learning how to reframe our past experiences into a positive light takes work but is worth it.
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We will dive more into breathing next week, but our mindset and breath are intimately connected. When the negative stories begin to take hold, check your breathing. Are you breathing into your upper chest or your belly? Are you breathing fast or slow? Through your nose or mouth? Slow your breathing down, pull the breath lower, and breathe in through your nose. This helps overcome your anxious thoughts. Our breath is a tool we were given to turn us on or off when we need it. The breath gives us the ability to create awareness around our thoughts, feelings, and actions. It would be best if you learned how to use it.
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Before I go, checkout a few more links I found this week.
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In Health,
Taylor
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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 www.symmetry.live to learn more about the services I offer.

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