The Long Game

Happy Sunday (Or whichever day you happen to be reading this) everyone. Here we are kicking off the second week of 2022.

I fully confess that it’s been a slow start. Maybe it’s been that way for you as well. Maybe you haven’t gotten right on those projects that you said you’d get to at the turn of the year.

Maybe, right now, there’s that little voice in your head that’s whispering that maybe you should just give up. That you obviously weren’t serious about your plans–if you were, you’d have done more than you have. That you’ve already missed a day, or two, so you should maybe forget about it. There’s always next year, right?

If that’s you, you’re not alone. To quote Galadriel, “For it is also in my mind.”

Not only does that voice suck, it’s not playing The Long Game.

It’s looking for instant results. It doesn’t believe in doing The Work – whatever it is.

And here’s the thing:

Next Year isn’t guaranteed for anyone. It’s a vague shape ahead. Barely visible through the mists of Time, and you won’t know the shape of it until it arrives.

There is only Now. Today.

There is only the single question: Am I playing The Long Game?

That answer won’t always be, “Yes” for every day. Sometimes it may be “Not Today.” Sometimes, if your priorities change – and they may because Life happens, the answer might be “Not for this. Not anymore.”

But there’s always something else to Play for.

So play The Long Game. For as often as you can – and that may not be every day, and that’s OK.

Every step forward is a step forward.

Thanks for reading. Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.

I’ll see you on Thursday.


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