by Sarano Kelley
The Game is a method of becoming one of the people who makes things happen instead of making excuses. The Game is a book but it’s also an actual game that is set up on a website at www.saranokelley.com. When I first read the book, I had mixed feelings. The book is incredibly inspirational and helps us to look at areas in our lives where we can make definite improvements. The subtitle of the book is Win Your Life in 90 Days. The Game helps you take a look at your life and implement the changes necessary to move you dramatically in the direction you want to go.
The game addresses such issues as time management and why there never seems to be enough time. It also helps you examine and then put helpful structures in place that will assist you in accomplishing your goals. Affinity is another topic that Kelley discusses. He says that developing passion around what you are doing is crucial to your success so initially, it is important to partner with someone who already loves whatever it is you are trying to do or accomplish.
Kelley speaks about the importance of having a community behind you that supports and inspires you toward your goals. He suggests that if you don’t have that type of community now, then you need to expand your contacts. The Game actually provides you with just such a community. Finally, he talks about your life’s purpose and getting clear about it. Once you are clear about your life’s purpose, it can serve as a compass directing all your activity.
The book asks you to take a close look at the following areas in your life: balance, body and health, money, relationships, spiritual life, mind, tools, environment, education, family, work, charities and hobbies, interests and art. You choose basically three or four areas where you will focus during your game and create goals for yourself. You will assign points for accomplishing your goals and create consequences when you don’t follow through. The Game online is an intense 90-day period where a lot can happen or nothing can happen--it’s all up to you and what you put into it.
I just finished playing my first game and it was great! I stopped keeping score however and didn’t follow through on consequences because that was the part that I didn’t personally find useful. I was already intrinsically motivated to do the things I set out to do. I had a great partner who supported what I was doing and maintained contact with me throughout. I am finishing my 90-day game much farther ahead than I would have been without playing.
If you want to make some big changes in your life and follow through on your commitments, then I suggest you try The Game--you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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