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The famous “what if” game…


Do you sometimes play the famous “what if” game?

Here is a short description how to play:

  1. Ask yourself a question that starts with the words “what if I ____________?”
  2. Fill in a random activity into the blank to create a complete question. For example: “What if I eat 10 candy bars each day?” or ” What if I sell my car and use public transportation instead?” or “What if I go to the goal setting seminar next month?” or “What if I quit the gym and start being a relaxed couch potato?”
  3. Imagine what would probably happen if you really do that for 1 week, 1 month, 1 year, 10 years and so on.
  4. Try to figure out if the outcome of your actions do or don’t satisfy you.

See how the famous “what if” game works? Simple!

Okay, now take it one step further. Everybody has got his everyday disciplines, I mean things that they do automatically like go for a walk, switch on the TV when coming home, feed the baby, buy a candy bar at the counter etc. Surely everybody has got things that he or she does regularly every week or every month like paying bills, go out to play poker,┬ácheck the bank account, write a new blog post…

…you know what I’m talking about? Daily, weekly and monthly routines!

If you’re like most people (and nearly everybody is like most people) then you have got routines that you do consciously and routines that you do unconsciously. There are the good and the bad ones or the necessary and the unnecessary, healthy and unhealthy.

Here is where the famous “what if” game is very helpful:

To figure out if your routines will bring you closer to your dreams and goals or if they push them away!

Try to watch yourself over a period of one week, and if that is too much, try to watch yourself consciously over one day. Record what you are doing, take some notes of your activities and at the end of that day or week play the “what if” game. Use your notes to fill out the blank and start thinking about the answers.

What would happen if you have lunch at McDonald’s every day for the next year? Would it be healthy or would it maybe decrease your level of health?

What would happen if you go to the gym 3 times a week this year? Will this improve your stamina, strength and health?

It is an easy tool to watch your progress. Are you still on track or off track?

You can use the famous “what if” game for everything!

  • Business – “What if I make ten calls a day to talk to customers?”
  • Health – “What if I smoke 40 cigarettes everyday?”
  • Family – “What if I play soccer with my kids every weekend?”
  • Relationships – “What if I meet my friends every Wednesday evening for dinner?”
  • Money – “What if I spend 5 Euros or Dollars everyday on my latte?”

You can play it with yourself or even share it with your family and friends, but be sure to play it from time to time. Let it become one of your routines and the most important thing is, ACT UPON THE ANSWERS!

This simple game can easily improve your life and the life of your loved ones. Have Fun playing!


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Posted by on March 14, 2013 in Uncategorized