Now Is the Time for Some Fun and Games

February 3rd, 2009 by | Print



With a tremendous wave of negative economic news and an added need to increase profit, it is natural to feel the pressure to perform. If you are finding that a clear definition of your goals coupled with the added pressure of personal and financial failure is not motivating you to succeed, now is an excellent time to introduce games into your routine.


There are 4 types of games to consider:


1. Games strictly for fun.

Whether you play Wii with the kids or poker with your pals for fun, playing games can take your focus off of your current problems clearing your head and re-energizing your commitment. However, limit your time on these activities. Reserve these games for relieving total burnout. There is still work to be done.


2. Behavioral enhancement games.

These are strategic based games that require the player to perform relatively simplistic tasks in a repetitive manner. For example, I love playing Tetris. It helps undo the knots in my thought process over intertwined problems and solutions. It enhances my ability to reduce stress for finding quick relational solutions to problems. It induces a Pavlovian response to visualizing problems and solutions as shapes while enhancing my ability to choose winning, relational solutions.


3. Business simulators.

Computer games aren’t just a virtual release of aggression through mass destruction. Various simulators have been created based upon real world, historical and hypothetical scenarios. Starting with the release of Capitalism in 1995, newer games include the Tycoon series, Entrepreneur, Industry Giant and The Corporate Machine.


4. Games that you create to solve challenges facing your business.

The basic components of successful games are clearly defined rules, achievable goals, identifiable obstacles and rewards for success. You can apply these rules to any problem that you are faced with in your business. For example, if you have a need to increase your current customer base, you can create the rules for identifying and capturing new customers. Include a reasonable goal of how many customers to capture within a specific time frame. Determine the obstacles that you must avoid to win. Create a reward that is satisfying and relational in portion to the size of the success.


To increase your chances for success, stay dedicated to these basic building blocks:


  • Exercise
  • Good Nutrition
  • Adequate Rest
  • Reconnect with your support structure


If every day seems like ground hog day with Punxsutawney Phil predicting an extended winter for your business, shake up your routine with some games. Relieve some stress, introduce some creativity into your thought process and give your motivation a booster shot.


All The Best,

Doug Dolan
The Solopreneur’s Guide


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