Superbetter | Book Notes #8

SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient – Powered by the Science of Games by Jane McGonigal

Do you like playing games?

We​ ​play​ ​games​ ​because​ ​they​ ​are​ ​fun​ ​and​ ​challenging.​ ​Have​ ​you​ ​ever​ ​noticed​ ​how​ ​motivated you​ ​are​ ​to​ ​finish​ ​that​ ​one​ ​​level​ ​or​ ​defeat​ ​that​ ​one ​big​ ​boss,​ ​no​ ​matter​ ​how difficult?​ ​Have​ ​you​ ​ever​ ​noticed​ ​that​ ​after​ ​you​ ​fail,​ ​you​ ​immediately​ ​want​ ​to​ ​try​ ​again?​ ​And​ ​how excited​ ​and​ ​determined​ ​you​ ​are​ ​to​ ​do​ ​so?  
Games​ ​have​ ​that​ ​incredible​ ​effect​ ​on​ ​us.​ ​Wouldn’t​ ​it​ ​be​ ​nice​ ​if​ ​we​ ​bring​ ​this​ ​same​ ​attitude​ ​in​ ​our real​ ​life​ ​tasks​ ​we​ ​need​ ​to​ ​get​ ​done,​ ​problems​ ​we​ ​need​ ​to​ ​overcome​ ​or​ ​make​ ​positive​ ​changes​ ​in our​ ​life?​ ​This​ ​is​ ​what​ ​the​ ​core​ ​message​ ​of​ ​ the book Superbetter,​ ​it’s​ ​about​ ​adopting​ ​the​ ​mindset​ ​and attitudes​ ​we​ ​have​ ​in​ ​playing​ ​games​ ​into​ ​tackling​ ​real​ ​life​ ​challenges.​ ​Superbetter​ ​gives​ ​us​ ​a framework​ ​to​ ​transform​ ​a​ ​real​ ​life​ ​challenge​ ​into​ ​a​ ​game,​ ​in​ ​seven​ ​simple​ ​rules.

The author Jane McGongigal is a game designer, she came up with Superbetter after she had a concussion and had a difficult time recovering to the point that she was having suicidal thoughts ( apparently common in people who suffered a concussion). She even made it into an app that you can play on your phone where she created quests and power ups to help with issues like anxiety and depression. The whole book is littered with game quests that the reader could easily do to understand the Superbetter rules better. But what I really took away from the book is the framework, the rules on how, I , myself could create a game out of a real life problem that I have. The concept is intriguing to me, and so I set out to understand them better and summarized them here.  

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Succeed : How we can reach our goals | Book Notes #5

Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals

Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals by Heidi Grant Halvorson Ph.D.

The New Year is just around the corner, with it comes reminders about creating a New Year’s resolution. Ah, I have a love and hate relationship with this one. I love it because the new year seems to bring that feeling of new beginnings, of clean slate and fresh starts, so it’s perfect time for setting a new goals for the rest of the year. But then, I hate also because after about 3 weeks or so, all that enthusiasm that I had for the new goal seems to disappear and my new year resolution along with it. It gets frustrating after a while, frustrating enough to put me off from the whole thing. My mindset was I must be bad with this whole goal setting thing, and I just don’t have enough self-discipline to do it for the whole year, so I just won’t bother with it.

But I now realized that I’ve been looking at it all wrong, I was looking at goal setting as either something I can or can not do, an inborn trait of sorts. Not as a skill that I can learn to do, improve on and be better at. In reading this book Succeed: How we can reach our goals by Heidi Grant Halvorson, I learned all about goal setting. I learned the following lessons:
  1. how to choose the right goals which will make me happy
  2. that there are different approaches to goal setting, learning which one we usually use and which one to use in different situations can be a great advantage
  3. steps and strategies for more effective goal setting

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