Feeling Super Better

Feeling Super Better by Kevan Worley

Readers of this page know that I am the CEO of Worley Enterprises. As a result of that role, we decided to launch WE Fit Wellness on January 5th, 2015. The mission of WE Fit Wellness is to bring exercise, nutrition, and wellness options, which are affordable, accessible, and achievable, to people with disabilities and other individuals who, for a variety of reasons, have been left out of this Nation’s wellness movement. Feeling well is not just about exercise and nutrition. It is about overall well-being. It is about pursuit of dreams. It is about finding one’s own fit in family, society, career, recreation, and achievement. Everyone has different dreams. Everyone will choose different achievements, goals, objectives, and life balance. You may know that I’m a big fan of leadership, and motivational books. Lately, of course, with the launch of WE Fit Wellness, I’ve also been reading more exercise and nutrition-related material. For a long time, I would tell anyone who would listen to me, ad nauseum, about “Eat, Move, Sleep,” by Tom Rath. I believe it’s the most practical, motivational, and informative book about how one can adopt a healthier lifestyle. I’ve been reading it for well over a year now. I still listen to it for at least a few minutes, three or four times a month. Tom is visually impaired. I don’t think he would refer to himself as blind.

Recently, Jessica Beecham recommended the book “SuperBetter” to me. It is available on iBooks and Audible. I strongly recommend it. This book has now joined, “Eat, Move, Sleep” as one of my touchstones. It motivates me with additional strategies to, as the National Federation of the Blind would say, “Live the life I want.” So, power up!

SuperBetter by Jane McGonigal

“An innovative guide to living gamefully, based on the program that has already helped nearly half a million people achieve remarkable personal growth. “In 2009, internationally renowned game designer Jane McGonigal suffered a severe concussion. Unable to think clearly or work or even get out of bed, she became anxious and depressed, even suicidal. But rather than let herself sink further, she decided to get better by doing what she does best: she turned her recovery process into a resilience-building game. What started as a simple motivational exercise quickly became a set of rules for “post-traumatic growth” that she shared on her blog. These rules led to a digital game and a major research study with the National Institutes of Health. Today nearly half a million people have played SuperBetter to get stronger, happier, and healthier. “But the life-changing ideas behind SuperBetter are much bigger than just one game. In this book, McGonigal reveals a decade’s worth of scientific research into the ways all games—including videogames, sports, and puzzles—change how we respond to stress, challenge, and pain. She explains how we can cultivate new powers of recovery and resilience in everyday life simply by adopting a more “gameful” mind-set. Being gameful means bringing the same psychological strengths we naturally display when we play games—such as optimism, creativity, courage, and determination—to real-world goals.

“Drawing on hundreds of studies, McGonigal shows that getting superbetter is as simple as tapping into the three core psychological strengths that games help you build:

  • Your ability to control your attention, and therefore your thoughts and feelings
  • Your power to turn anyone into a potential ally, and to strengthen your existing relationships
  • Your natural capacity to motivate yourself and super-charge your heroic qualities, like willpower, compassion, and determination

SuperBetter contains nearly 100 playful challenges anyone can undertake in order to build these gameful strengths. It includes stories and data from people who have used the SuperBetter method to get stronger in the face of illness, injury, and other major setbacks, as well as to achieve goals like losing weight, running a marathon, and finding a new job. “As inspiring as it is down to earth, and grounded in rigorous research, SuperBetter is a proven game plan for a better life. You’ll never say that something is “just a game” again.”

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