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Treat Life Like a Board Game

Jenny Flintoft
From Trash to Treasure
April 9, 2017

Treat Life Like a Board Game

“I wish I had more time.”
“I wish I had more ideas.”
“I wish I had more money.”
“I wish I had more options.”
“I wish I had more information.”

I’m willing to bet that most people in their life have wished for one of these things at some point in their life. In these circumstances, your mindset is – if I had more, then I’d be okay. Well, I wonder.

Think about the game of Monopoly. Think about the game of Scrabble. They would simply be no fun if you had unlimited resources! If you had all the money in Monopoly, where's the fun in that? If you had all the letter tiles in Scrabble, where's the fun in that? The fun in the game is having those limited resources and thinking, "Right, how do I make the best of this game with what I've got?"

I think that's a great metaphor to approach life. We're not going to have all the time in the world or all the money in the world and we're going to have to make choices about what to do with the information we’ve got. However, rather than getting down about that, approach it like you would a board game and think "In order for me to get the best out of today, how do I use what I’ve got in order to get the best possible outcome?"

I know that some of you will have lots to achieve and lots you want to get done and sometimes you look at all of that and it feels hugely overwhelming. Rather than letting it consume and overwhelm you, shift your thinking. Say to yourself: "This is the time I’ve got. This is the money I’ve currently got. And this is the information I have right now,” so it’s a statement of fact, rather than a cry of defeat. Once you’ve done that, you can then ask yourself, "How do I make this work to my advantage?”

In adjusting your thinking that way, the Board doesn’t necessarily change. But the Game just might.

Be encouraged! And live life today as if it's a game. Let me know how you get on!
Jenny Flintoft

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