What does the “Long Game” mean?
As defined by dictionary.com: Noun. the aspect of golf considered in relation to the ability of a player to hit shots, especially drives, for distance.
Okay. Not really how we meant it here. So how are we defining the long game in life? To stick with golf, it is playing for the pin but in this sense it is what you want to have accomplished by the end of your life. Throw in some long drives (a long-term plan with action steps) and you are actually playing the long game.
What do you really want to accomplish in life? That is where you’ll need to ask the hard questions! What does a successful life look like for you? Is that tied to a career, toys, money or financial independence? What quality relationships do you want to have? With what people? How long do you want to live and, more importantly, what quality of life do you want? How far in your spiritual journey do you want to be by the time you meet your maker? And so on…
Deep? Yes. Deeper than most go.
Hard? Likely. It takes mental energy and potential discomfort, especially if there is a disconnect between your current trajectory and where you want to end up.
Worth it? Without a doubt.
Haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about the long-game yet? Don’t feel bad. I’m not making excuses but technology does a great job of keeping us engaged in the here and now. It is too easy to get swept away by a gush of beeps, ring tones and flashing lights from our phones in our “always on” world. Open your laptop and brace yourself for the digital tsunami of notifications, IM’s, pop-ups, e-mails and software update requests that vie for our attention.
Distracting at best but at worst it can pull us away from doing larger more meaningful activities with our time.
… Okay Brad, I get it, we should focus more on the where we are headed. Why are you blogging about it?
Simply put, I believe we are all capable of defining what success and meaning will look like for us and achieving it. We seldom explore what that should be amidst the noise. So, we need to be mindful of where we are headed and consciously move ourselves in that direction.
Years ago, when pondering how to best approach what the long game was for me and how to drive there, I looked for existing models or frameworks but was sorely disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I found a great deal of inspiring content out there. The motivation gurus give an inspirational shot of in the arm to send us off in the right direction but they don’t have a sustainable long-term approach. On the other end of the spectrum the time management authorities have some great approaches to task management, effectiveness and productivity but they don’t do a good job of connecting the dots back to the long game.
I set out on my own personal journey to figure out what to focus on for my long game and how to best reel it in. But, something you should know about me, when I go after something I tend to go “all in.”
Hi ho, hi ho, off to work I went. I poured over the subject of longevity, longitudinal studies, nutrition, spirituality and different productivity and time management principles. I don’t claim to be an expert in any of these fields but I did research enough to get a solid foundation and answer most of my questions. As I looked across multiple disciples some interesting patterns and topics emerged that I think are worth sharing.
So what will I focus on in the Blog?
All things long of course! I’d like to cover how studies have defined long “flourishing” lives as well as some of the components that go into the long game. Topics ranging from nutrition, community and meaning. For those interested in playing an even longer game I’ll share some ideas on how to engage your family and friends for generations to come.
And what good are all these concepts without a plan to play the long game! For those interested, I’ll continue to blog on a long term goal, setting a framework to help you get there. I’m also big on using technology to get organized and be more productive so I’ll spend some time there, too.
Ultimately, we all need to find our own way. At a minimum, hopefully some of the concepts give you pause to reflect. So whether you want to occasionally pull out your pitching wedge and chip one in or lace up your golf shoes, set your own pin and drive towards it, I welcome you as fellow long gamers!
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