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Internal Scorecard #16: Overland, Over Sea, and Over Fear

"I feel stronger." Years later, the line still randomly comes to me, unbeckoned.

It was from one of the most odd and intriguing video games ever made -- Planescape: Torment. You woke up in the morgue as a scarred and battered man who didn't know his name. When you got killed, you would… wake up back in the morgue. You were immortal. You couldn't die. Your goal was to figure out how this happened, who you are, and what you should do about it.

It was beautiful, well-written, and immersive. But the point that still stands out to me is that line.

"I feel stronger."

It happened when you leveled up. The levels up weren't something you chose; they just happened when you accumulated enough experience. It's an interesting metaphor -- you wake completely ignorant, but as you accumulate experiences, you feel stronger. Not "I am stronger." I feel stronger.

Nothing Magical

There's a certain tendency to look for magical solutions.

Maybe this has happened to you.

You tried to get a fitness program going, then fell off, and you're trying to restart now — what do you do?

Most people will want to look for a magical solution.

They'll find something. Maybe Starting Strength or Stronglifts, or maybe Crossfit, or high-intensity interval training, or whatever. And they'll get excited —

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