Sunday Thoughts (the “long game”)

Here’s something I think about a lot, and you might too.

Luck.

It’s easy to look at someone who’s got their act together, or has money in the bank, or is more fit…

They’re pretty lucky, no?

Yes. And no.

It’s easy to focus too much importance on “luck” when it comes to success. And not focus enough on investing in your own success, each and every day.

When you hear a story about a school teacher who amassed a fortune of millions of dollars, you figure… just lucky.

Nope. She’s not lucky. She was just playing a different game than most of us.

The long game.

When you ignore the long game, or a little at a time now, for a bigger payoff later, and focus on luck, you’re destined to be average. Because that’s what most people do – trade long-term wins for short term gains.

It’s easy to be seduced by the short game. Because the results are immediate. Easy. Fun even.

Why go for a walk when you can catch up on a great TV show?

Why pay for something in cash, when you can charge it and get it today?

Why invest in your family relationships, when you can stay an extra hour at work and get ahead?

The thing is, the benefits of the long game multiply the longer you play. Today’s impact could be small. But over the weeks and months and years, the payback is enormous.

A few pushups today won’t drop 10 pounds by the weekend. More veggies and less cookies won’t revitalize your health by tomorrow. Putting $5 in your savings account isn’t going to buy you much.

But when you focus only on the short game… it’s a big problem. As days turn into years, the short game compounds just like the long game. And the results can be a disaster.

It’s not a trade off on one day that gets you. It’s the layers and build up that tear you down.

So when you leave the party early to get your rest, or get in your workout before you watch a movie… it sounds boring. And it can be sometimes.

But the first step is the hardest. You have to be willing to make the small sacrifice to get the big gain.

That’s why it can be hard. It’s hard to see how a small step translates into a transformation.

You can’t play the long game with everything. But where you do matters, and that has little to do with luck.

And the best places to play it are with your knowledge, your relationships, your finances, and your health.

These are the things that grow dramatically with focus and investment.

Just a little something to think about.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan

Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

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7 thoughts on “Sunday Thoughts (the “long game”)

  1. I will call up. I want an email address where I can reach you Jeff.
    You have mentioned me before in some of your stuff. I have been on
    the greens since April ’15…..Father Kieran Fergus, O.P..

  2. Hey Jeff, great article but you left out the most important one and I know that you know what it is. Our stainless steel shaker came and we were shocked to receive it. I know we got a note in our order that it would be coming but we forgot about it and you could have too. Just one example of a company operating in integrity. We started the Keto lifestyle after receiving the metabolism pills and my husband lost 6 pounds in 2 weeks. He only wanted to lose 12 pounds. We are eating roasted veggies and he is loving them. Me too. Maybe you could put out a recipe sometime. Ann

  3. That my friend was probably the best e-mail news you have ever put out, at least one of your top 10. Thank you for being you.

  4. You are so right about this. My husband and I had nothing growing up but we both worked hard. We are now married fifty four years . Have three boys, eight grandchildren later. We did sacrifice a lot but now we are able to help our children and grandchildren. Our boys work hard too, and are able to provide for their children. It does work.

  5. Thank you so much for this Sunday’s thought. I’m very impressed and it made me really look at my life a little differently. Just because of this one thought I’m going to start doing what you suggested in there I think it’s going to change my life.
    Thank you!

  6. i know U R trying to help people. but this guy dr Arlin cage is a total incompetent scam/w/ his high protein diets scams. this is not what you need when we are seniors. we need lymphatic detox to open up the drain sewer in our body and less protein but rather whole raw foods loaded with natural amino acids for body building the way your body can recognize and utilize them. and the reason astronauts lost muscle mass was because their is no magnetic field in space. so they added magnets to the space crafts. and yes it could also be a lack of proper foods as in amino acids and all boxed processed foods are lacking in all nutrients.

  7. Jeff:
    Your salutation of God Bless, is wrong! When some one says that, that is a command, no one can command God!
    A simple Bless you, is sufficient, and unless the person is saved, it is extremely doubtful that God will bless them!
    Further, if you know whom you are speaking with, and, that person is saved, then say may God Bless you, that would be appropriate.
    A person may or may not be a church goer, but if they are not saved, they are still living in and of the world, as such no matter how nice they may seem to be, they are still sinners. God does not hear sinners (John 9:31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.) This born out by (Romans3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.) God does not want you praying to him, if you are not saved. Salvation in by grace of God and it is found in Romans 3 specifically (Romans 3:24-26, 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.)
    Or understood to be when a person comes to have faith in the Blood of Christ as a propitiation (payment/atonement) for their sins, and Belief in Jesus Christ, no works-silly sinners prayers God and his only Begotten Son have done all the work for us sinners when we were yet in unbelief! For salvation is through a man and that man is Jesus Christ! However, a sinner must have this preached to them either in person, by audio, video, or by reading from the King James Authorized Bible.
    My hope is that you are saved!

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