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Apr 28

All The Things I’ve Stopped (Part 2 of 9)

SuperBetterI’m going to bet that a few people thought that I failed at finishing this blog series, much like the projects that are going to be mentioned in this blog series. But that is not the case! I did want to finish the Blogging Heroes blog post before continuing with the series, and I got that done last week. Then, I decided to keep my personal blogging to one to two times a week, unless things change in my life. The last thing I need is to pile on more responsibilities, and I’d like to ensure that this blog doesn’t end up in “failed and forgotten” bin again. So, I’m keeping my blogging schedule to something manageable so it fits in with the rest of my life and I don’t get burnt out from overextending myself.

What Is SuperBetter Again?

SuperBetter is an online game designed to help players get better at “something.” Since the founder, Jane McGonigal, founded the game after suffering a severe concussion, many of the “somethings” are health-related. For example, there is a “Power Pack” in the game designed for eating healthier and losing weight (and a multitude of other health issues) called the Full Plate Diet.

With this pack, the player completes a series of quests to help them get better at eating healthier and losing weight. There are bad guys that need to be overcome, such as drinking liquid calories or having no fiber-strong foods for meal. To help you complete quests and conquer bad guys, you can enlist allies (such as your family and friends, or maybe a nutritionist) to help you. There are also power ups, which are actions that the player can take to get stronger and to do better against the quests and bad guys. Hopefully, the player completes all the quests, has lost some weight, and is much better at eating healthier than they were before.

Naturally, those same steps would happen with any Power Pack. The only differences are the types of quests, the types of bad guys, the types of power ups, and perhaps who you might choose as an ally (like switching out the nutritionist for a physical therapist or life coach). The idea is to turn healing and recovery into a game.

Why I Stopped Playing the SuperBetter Game

To be honest, I got bored with the game. After I completed the Full Plate Diet pack, I found little value in continuing the game with the other packs. The Full Plate Diet pack was a great pack and I don’t regret doing it, even though I still have room for improvement. The main complaint I have about SuperBetter is that there’s very little “re-playability” after you finish or take on your primary health problem. There aren’t many people who want to eat healthier, but also need to recover from a sports injury and work on their migraines. Once that person starts eating healthier, the other two problems may become less of an issue.

It’s possible to create your own pack, and customize the game toward something that you do want to improve, but that takes time and research that I didn’t really want to put in. As much as I liked the thought of, say, creating a Power Pack to improve my poker game, I wasn’t enthused enough about SuperBetter to start “modding” the game. It would have been nice if a modding community formed around the game, so that half the packs available weren’t geared towards those recovering from a concussion, but I didn’t have the time, enthusiasm, or skill set to start creating my own power ups, bad guys, and quests.

I stopped in the middle of a Power Pack called, “Better Than a Chill Pill,” which is meant to lower stress, to combat anxiety. or to relax more easily so that you can sleep better. I think I originally chose this quest to lower my stress and to sleep a bit better. I don’t think I have a problem with either now. I would say my new problem is that I sleep too much. I need a Power Pack to help me get out of bed, start the day, and to be excited about the day. I don’t need a chill pill. I need an awakening pill.

I Might Restart with SuperBetter

They have added a few new Power Packs since I stopped, and one of them looks really interesting. It’s called “Make It Epic”, and it’s designed to help you improve your motivation and persistence. There’s another one called “Absurdly Grateful”, which is to help you focus on gratitude, which also looks pretty neat. But, instead of starting a new pack, I should probably restart some of the old packs. I could certainly use a reboot on the Full Plate Diet to improve my eating habits and to lose a little more weight. Naturally, I could always do another run of “Being Awesome”, even though I haven’t been diagnosed with depression or psoriasis, and don’t have too many problems with anxiety.

But, then again, maybe not. I don’t need more things to do. Besides, I am working with my business coach, and she’s giving me plenty to help me get super better at all sorts of things. I don’t need two tools in my life accomplishing the same thing. That’s why I got rid of the bullet journal. I also don’t need more tasks to add onto my to-do lists. My life already provides me plenty of quests, bad guys, and power ups.

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