By D. Lanier Shook January 9, 2019
Yesterday I discussed getting started with New Year’s Resolutions by laying a good foundation. (Click here to read the article.) Today I need to share a strategy that has helped me modify behaviors I needed to change. We’re talking about gamification.
Gamification is the idea of taking, well, anything and applying the basic principles of a game to it. We’re talking about scoring, prizes, upgrades — anything that is the normal part of a game. Obviously this won’t work for everyone — I really enjoy playing games — but it does work for alot of people. (At least enough for me to mention it.) There are two key elements to gamification.
The key to gamification is scoring. You keep track of your achievements and translate these into a score in one way or another. Obviously different games score in different ways, but the concept is simple enough — you keep track of accomplishments. Personally I wrote down a list of goals for the day and assigned each a value — say, two points if I shared my faith with someone. Then if I shared my faith I gave myself two points, otherwise I gave myself none. At the end of the day I added up the potential score and the actual score. Then I would divide the actual score by the potential score and that percentage would be my Game Score.
By interface I mean the game itself. For me it was a spaceship stranded across the galaxy that needed upgrades. (My scores purchased those upgrades.) For you it might be a sports game. The key is to develop a interface — the game itself — that engages you and keeps you playing the game.
Tomorrow I’ll share another strategy that worked for a very good friend of mine as he made important life changes.