Have you ever played Candy Crush Saga?
Did you play Farmville a few years ago?
Do you ever get together with your friends to play poker?
Games are so addictive, aren’t they?
And there is something for everyone. If you’re a trivia buff, you can do quizzes to test your knowledge. If you like role-playing, you can get involved in a story that far exceeds your humdrum life. Or if you’re a word nut, you can make words from a random assortment of letters.
Why Games Are Fun
One reason games are fun is that they provide an escape from the real world. They provide a place where you can be top dog. And if you’re not a superstar at work, this is really enticing. So you’ll find you spend hours perfecting your game, so you can get that high score and feel like a champion.
Another reason games are so fun is because we naturally like to compete. There’s nothing as powerful as fighting an enemy with all you’ve got. It’s invigorating, exhausting, yet somehow refreshing.
When games are fun, they are addicting. Did you ever want to play a dull game over and over? I doubt it. But get a group of friends together for a fun game and you’ll create memories that will last forever.
3 Reasons Competition is Healthy
Now that you now why games are addictive, let’s take a look at how they can bring out the best in you.
Dale Carnegie said it well when he said:
Throw down a challenge.
There are 3 things that happen when you engage in a little competition.
1. You’ll work harder.
When you’re in a contest, you’ve got something on the line. It might be your pride. Maybe it’s your reputation. Or maybe you’d like to change what everyone thinks about you.
When you play a game, you have to take action. When it’s your turn, you have to do something. In between turns, you can’t be passive either. You’ve got to figure out what you’ll do the next time you get the ball.
We were created to work. Adam and Eve were put in a garden to take care of it. Does your flower bed stay beautiful without water? Will it stay alive if you don’t pull the weeds out?
2. You’ll be driven to excel.
Sports radio is pretty big now. And do they talk about the average players? No, not much. It’s the stars that bring the viewers. It’s the players who consistently dazzle us that command our attention.
Underneath the drive to excel in a game is the need to feel important. Don’t you want to know that your presence in your job matters? Wouldn’t you like to think that your effort makes a difference?
Of course you do.
So you not only work hard, you strive to excel. If there’s a chance for you to get noticed, and applauded, and raved about, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll do. And if you can rally others to work hard against a rival, a threat, or a challenge, you’ll bring out the best in them.
3. You’ll accomplish more.
Would you like to know 3 things you can do to succeed more often?
Here they are.
A) Decide what you want to accomplish. What will it look like when you get there? What will other people say? How will their lives be better? The clearer you can make the picture, the better. The more detail you can add, the better you’ll be able to …
B) Involve your senses. Be aware of what is going on. What is working? What isn’t?
C) Be flexible. What adjustments do you need to make to get the results you want? When you drive somewhere, and your car pulls off course, you don’t go back home and start over. You shift the wheel slightly and keep going until you get to your destination.
That’s a success formula that will get you anything you want.
Go Ahead and Play
Competition really is healthy. Since it’s in your nature to rise to a challenge, do it every chance you get.
You’ll learn more.
You’ll grow faster.
You’ll get more done than ever.
Then you’ll really be the champion you dreamed you could be.
How has competition made you better? What have you leaned from playing games? How has it helped you do your work better?