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5 Minute Perseverance Game

5 Minute Perseverance Game

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5 Minute Perseverance Game

76 pages
59 minutes
Mar 11, 2021


Is there something you would like to do but feel you don't have enough time or strength of will to achieve? Is there a book you want to write, an instrument you want to play, a language you want to learn, or something completely different that you've wanted to accomplish for as long as you can remember?
If you really and seriously want to succeed in this dream project of yours, then play a game. Not a serious game. But a fun 5 Minute Perseverance Game. This short, personal and humorous game will help you melt your procrastination and win any challenge you face.
So, don't wait any longer. Read this book and invite your procrastination to a round of the 5 Minute Perseverance Game. This little book has helped many people to turn a project they've been putting off into a fun and engaging game.
This 5-year Edition offers even more. The text has been edited and enriched, several tactical variants added, and you will find a scoresheet for the game you play with your procrastinating self.
In addition, most numbered chapters and sections offer links and short introductions to articles on the art of turning life into fun games. Together these articles have become the 5 Minute Perseverance Game "Wiki." With this additional knowledge, you can transform this little game into a series of fun self-motivational games you can play and develop further every day.

Mar 11, 2021

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5 Minute Perseverance Game - Victoria Ichizli-Bartels

5 Minute Perseverance Game

A Self-Motivational Game to Help You Melt Your Procrastination

2nd Edition

Victoria Ichizli-Bartels

5 Minute Perseverance Game

A Self-Motivational Game to Help You Melt Your Procrastination

2nd Edition

Copyright © 2021 Victoria Ichizli-Bartels

The moral right of the author has been asserted.

All rights reserved.

Cover design and art by Alice Jago

See the full copyright page at the end of this book.

For Ariel and Shya,

Thank you for inspiring me to see and experience how much fun life is.

And for all the readers of the 1st Edition of the 5 Minute Perseverance Game,

Thank you for reading the book, and a big shout out to those who let me know about the joy you had playing this fun little game.

Three Quotes Revealing What This Book Is About

Life is fleeting. And if you have the idea you want to do something, you should go for it.

— Shya Kane in the Transformation in the New Year video by Ariel and Shya Kane¹

"You are never given a wish without also being given a power to make it true.

You may have to work for it, however."

— Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

[T]here [is] no part of gaming that [is] out of bounds for education. … [L]essons learned in games have a greater impact than lessons learned any other way — short of actual experience.

— Richard Garfield, inventor of the game Magic: The Gathering, quoted by Brian Tinsman in The Game Inventor's Guidebook: How to Invent and Sell Board Games, Card Games, Role-playing Games & Everything in Between!

Preface to the Second Edition

Welcome to the 5-year Edition of the 5 Minute Perseverance Game!

I can’t believe it’s been five years since I wrote and published this little book. It has been quite the adventure. Shortly after publishing, I began telling my friends about it, one of whom told me she had learned about the approach at its core at university. She called this technology gamification.

I thought — or maybe even asked out loud — Gami-what?

As soon as I got home, I researched the term online and was blown away by how much there was on gamification and the number of people applying game elements to real-life contexts.²

Parallel with that, I discovered kaizen³ and started reading all I could on the subject. Step by step, I began to understand the three approaches or skill sets that formed the basis of the 5 Minute Perseverance Game: being present and studying ourselves as anthropologists do (Credits: Ariel and Shya Kane); breaking everything down into the smallest, most effortless bits possible (kaizen); and approaching everything with a gameful and playful attitude (gamification).

The more I learned about gamification and kaizen, and the more questions I asked, the more evident it became that the way I turned my life into games was unique, and it strongly resonated with those who heard about it. Many tried and loved it.

I got into the habit of calling this approach Self-Gamification by marrying the words self-help and gamification. In a conversation with my sister, she and I discovered that I was the first to use the word Self-Gamification. I couldn't believe it, but I loved this fact. It motivated me to share this fantastic possibility of turning our lives into fun games even more.

I have created and shared many, what I call, self-motivational games over the years. I was recently inspired to release these designs in the form of short books, just like I did for the 5 Minute Perseverance Game.

I still play the 5 Minute Perseverance Game in its different variants. And I play it many times every

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