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September 23, 2015
Are you an avid fan of World of Warcraft, Call of Duty or Tetris? Have you ever been to a conference where gamification activities playfully encouraged you to engage, network and learn while winning virtual badges and prizes?
That's what fascinated me about the book "SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient." Author Jane McGonigal, a game designer and doctoral student in the University of California, Berkeley's performance studies program, asks us to look at life's challenges and opportunities from the perspective of a gamer. 

When I was a full-time public relations consultant, before we had research tools like the Internet, I would often get frustrated trying to reach reporters to cover my clients' news stories. I remember a wise colleague told me to take on the persona of an intrepid detective, like Sherlock Holmes, sniffing out clues. Once I saw myself as that noble, crime-solving character, this mundane work got easier and much more rewarding.

It's all about shifting to a more positive mindset and having fun with it.

Think of a current challenge or opportunity in your life. It could be your desire to increase sales by 20 percent or decrease your weight by 20 pounds. The author offers these seven strategies:

1. Challenge yourself. 
2. Collect and activate power-ups. 
3. Find and battle the bad guys. 
4. Seek out and complete quests. 
5. Recruit your allies. 
6. Adopt a secret identity. 
7. Go for an epic win.

And here are a few of my ideas: 
  • Consider playing uplifting music as the soundtrack to your quest, like the theme songs from "Rocky" or "Chariots of Fire" or Pharrell Williams' "Happy." (I'm listening to "Happy" now as I write this newsletter!)
  • Prepare yourself by making a list of quick "power-ups" to raise your energy, like walking up and down the flights of stairs at your office at midday, mini meditations at your desk, or eating a healthy snack. 
  • Choose to portray a classic super hero or make up your own character with unique super powers, like the ability to negotiate anything or make time stand still. 
  • Identify a few allies you know you can depend on to help you triumph and let them know they can depend on you, too!

This article from The New Yorker summarizes the key points in the book. And here's the SuperBetter app I just downloaded. If you choose to play with it too, let me know what you think.

Are you game? What will you do to be SuperBetter? Share your wisdom on my Facebook Page or reply back to me. I love hearing from you!  

To Your Wisdom, 

Tricia Molloy

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"Inspire, connect and achieve. That was the objective of our Verizon Women's Empowerment Conference for about 75 high-potential women. We wanted to provide the clarity and confidence they needed to succeed as leaders within our dynamic organization. 

"At her vision board workshop, Tricia Molloy created a fun, safe, relaxing environment for us to explore our challenges and aspirations. She showed us how to use the power of visualization and the other CRAVE steps to help us laser focus on what really matters. In addition to the personal insights that came from her program, our women bonded with each other and that will enhance our careers as we continue to work together and support each other."

Monica Hammond,
Vice President of Business and Government Operations
Verizon Enterprise Solutions

Reconnect, Reflect, Rejuvenate...You Deserve It!
If you're a woman who lives in the Atlanta area or can make a trip here, you're invited to join me for a special women's retreat on October 23 - 25 at the beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. 

Between the heat of summer and the frantic demands of the holidays, there is no better time to take time for yourself. As the leaves turn, the nights get longer and the days get cooler, we get the opportunity to reflect on who we are and where we're going. 

Walk through the woods. Meditate at the lake. Sit on your balcony as you write in your journal and take a moment to enjoy the beauty of an autumn sunset over the gardens.

No hustle. No bustle. Just a weekend for you to reconnect, reflect and rejuvenate in the beauty of nature and the company of other women there for the same reason.

I'll share the stage with a great group of women as I show you how to enjoy more balance in your life. It's the perfect way to prepare for your best year yet in 2016. I hope to see you there!


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Tricia Molloy is a leadership speaker on work-life balance and achieving goals through wise business practices.

Her Working with Wisdom programs, CRAVE Your Goals!, DESIGN Your Ideal Life! and Work-Life Balance Wisdom, inspire people to be more positive, proactive and productive.

They are available as employee development talks, workshops and webinars, and conference keynotes. Join organizations like AT&T, GE, The Home Depot and the Network of Executive Women and benefit from these innovative programs.

Tricia also offers one-on-one Wisdom Mentoring for women entrepreneurs and professionals.



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