While most people look at gamers with disdain, it seems the hobby might not be that bad, after all. In fact, you can totally draw lessons from gaming and apply it to your own life and be your own superhero. Here’s how.

  1. Create an epic mission
    Have you ever tried to take a gaming controller from someone who’s right in the middle of a mission in Call of Duty? If you have, you’ve probably never attempted it again. That’s because, even though gamers fall 80 per cent of the time while they’re playing, they’re motivated to keep on trying (and trying, and trying) until they succeed. Talk about resilience!
    Your action: Look back at the goals or resolutions you wrote down at the start of the year and discover the real motivation behind them. Taking your lunch to work with you so you can save money is boring, but saving money so you can go island-hopping in Croatia? Hell, yeah!

  2. Discover your secret identity
    Just like Jane became the Concussion Slayer, you need to create a secret identity that embodies all the qualities you wish you had. Psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, whose interest lies in the ways gaming and technology can be used to promote good mental health, says, “Having a secret identity allows you to try on one mask after another, without being judged, until you find out who you are.” Not to mention what you’re really capable of.
    Your action: What qualities do you need to be able to achieve your goals? Determination? Strength? Empathy? Once you’ve decided, find someone you can emulate. Want to start a business? You can become Super Branson Girl! Got a taste for revenge after your dad was framed by a powerful family? Channel your inner Emily Thorne. You get the idea.

  3. Start on your quests
    Quests are one of the key motivators for gamers. They’re the smaller goals that help you complete your bigger mission. Dr Jason Fox, expert in gamification and motivation science, says the key to making quests work is in balancing the level of difficulty. “When you start playing a video game, you’re not often doing the most difficult task – you build up to it. But in the real world, often people will jump into the most challenging task first. That’s when they start to think that what they’re doing is too hard and they’ll self-sabotage.”
    Your action: Break down your epic mission into smaller goals that will help you reach it. If you fail, give yourself a point for trying then keep on going. Track your progress in a journal or on SuperBetter so you can see how far you have come. And finally, have fun. You are a hero after all!

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Text: Lizza Gerbilagin