I had the privilege of watching Jane McGonical speak at a conference. She is a game designer who is on a quest to make our reality more like a game, with quests and “epic wins” that are celebrated together. When I saw her name on Ted.com’s front page yesterday, I was compelled to watch her again. This time a much more vulnerable Jane gave a moving talk about her own struggle dealing with a severe concussion that left her bedridden and suicidal.
True to her belief that games can be harnessed to change our world, she created a game to help herself, and all of us with the things we struggle with, or need to overcome. The game is called Superbetter, and can be found at www.superbetter.com. We have discussed here a few times the power of setting goals, and Jane takes this to a whole new level by making it more like a heroic quest, that harnesses our allies, encourages us daily and finds very creative ways to assist us in our journey.
Take the first step. Watch Jane’s Ted.com talk, or if nothing else, watch the intro video on her website at Superbetter. You goal may not be a dramatic as Jane’s was, and may be about losing weight, becoming more healthy, or lowering your stress level. Whatever the goal, the site has tools to help you accomplish this and create resilience to help you in your life. I was moved and signed up for my own quest right away.
To Jane, thanks for being vulnerable and for creating a tool to help us find our way out of whatever we struggle with…whatever holds us back. Maybe together we really can change the world.