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The Long Game - Issue #200

Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #200
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #200 • View online
Wow, I never imagined I would still be writing this newsletter almost four years after its first issue. This week is my 200th edition of The Long Game. I want to use this week to discuss why I started this newsletter and why I continue it every week.
When I started The Long Game, my mission was to help others realize and live up to their full potential, create a space where we can be honest with our thoughts and feelings, and help others realize that they are not alone and we all go through difficult times and should be there for each other. Everyone is different and we cultivate and live the life we want. If we do not take control of our lives, someone else will. I hope by sharing my story, my weekly intros, the struggles I went through and am going through and the weekly links, help you take more control of your life or provide comfort in hard times. At first, allowing myself to be vulnerable through this newsletter was scary. However, each week, it got easier and easier. 
Opening up through my writings allowed me to be more in touch with what I wanted and want out of life and how I can serve others. I remember the fear I had when drafting some of the first few issues as the things I was writing about were typically things I would only write in my journal. Over time, I realized this fear was simply the fear of what someone else would think and shouldn’t matter or stop me from writing. No matter what you do, there will be those that love it, hate it, and those that don’t care.
When I quit my job in 2018, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do or where it would take me, but I knew I needed to forge a new path. Starting this newsletter was one of the first steps in finding a new path in life and how I could best show up in this world. This newsletter helped me start my new business, Symmetry, to teach people the methods that helped me take back control of my life. The work is fulling and every day brings new challenges. However, the challenges are exciting and help me grow into what I was meant to be and do. When I started, I was coaching group breath classes, pushing people in hard workouts on the land and the pool, and getting people into saunas and ice baths, all of which I still love to do! However, as the world changed and my path wandered, I began working more with individuals one on one in-person and virtually. 
Throughout this journey, I’ve noticed that as we move through life, we get stuck in old habits and stories and start to believe that life is what it is. We believe the norm is that everyone is stressed out, worn out, and on edge. However, this is not the way it should be. We all have the tools inside of us to change our behaviors and bad habits. Change can be hard, even change from a life of comfortable misery to a life of fulfillment. Change was hard for me. However, the changes I made that seemed scary and hard at the time were the best decisions and changes I made in my life.
Are you looking to make sustainable changes in 2021? Are you contemplating starting something new in your life? I encourage you to lean into the fear and allow yourself to be vulnerable and uncomfortable. That is the moment where the magic happens. It won’t be easy and takes a lot of work, but you can do it and with time, it gets easier. Remember, it also won’t be a straight line. You will have dips, but if you keep pushing forward, you will succeed! If you start today, there is no telling where you’ll be in 2022!
I’ll leave you with a favorite quote of mine, “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Hellen Keller

This is a great podcast to get the year going. PJ provides good tips on achieving your goals, similar to some you’ve read here. He also discusses the concept of “behavior change requires identity change” and what he had to quit because they didn’t align with the person he wanted to be. What he mentions seems innocuous, but it’s the little things in your life that matter. The daily habits and choices you make define who you want to be.
I read this book over the holidays and couldn’t put it down. It takes a look at how we evolved to move with the seasons. Our diets, sleep patterns, relationships, and fitness routines move with the seasons. In modern society, we live in a perpetual “summer,” the always-on chronic stressed state. We need to reset with “fall” and “winter,” times of quiet and stillness. The author walks you through how to reset while still living a normal life. I highly recommend this one to start the year.
Knowing what you want in life is extremely important. When people become disengaged or have a mid-life crisis, it is typically because they got what they wanted and realized “that’s it!” Trust me; I’ve been there. Take time and look into what you value and how you want to spend your time. It will go along way in determining your fulfillment in life.
Before I go, check out a few more links I found this week.
The “Symmetry System” is now open and we have a few spots left for this month. Symmetry System is a new program we developed over years of work and is designed to help individuals who feel that there is never enough time in their day to accomplish what they wanted to do or to take time for themselves. If you are ready to take back control of your life in 2021 and give yourself more time, more energy, and less stress, this program was designed for you! Set up a free call today to find out more.
I hope you enjoyed another edition of The Long Game, feel free to pass it along.
Happy New Year!
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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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