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  1. AlexTheGrape added a post in a topic 1000 DAYS CHALLENGE   

    Sorry to hear about your relapse! If you're still playing and know that you truly don't want to, it is probably time to raise the barrier to gaming. What ways could you add to prevent yourself from gaming in future? Adding a 'shame factor' by telling people close to you that you're never gaming again will help prevent you from gaming again. It is a little extreme, but I have that barrier up myself and it is working for me.
    How about you set up such a barrier for yourself and you can then not pay me anything?
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  2. AlexTheGrape added a post in a topic My Journal - Alex   

    Sounds like a great plan!
    I'm glad you were inspired. Thank you
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  3. AlexTheGrape added a post in a topic My Journal - Alex   

    Quick update:
    I came back from the 6 day trip with my friends, and I can say it has been a blast! In the past 5 days I've been working heaps as I've been continuing working at the restaurant and I've picked up a casual full-time job at a construction site as well. It has been super hectic because I've been working about 13-14 hours each day the past couple of days! Luckily I'll be going on a self-development type of course on a ship (Spirit of Adventure) with other people my age starting today, and I'll be doing that the next 10 days. I wish to advance my leadership skills on this trip, so let's see what I can do!
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  4. AlexTheGrape added a post in a topic My Journal - Alex   

    Quick update: 
    Things have been really great the past couple of weeks. I've been helping to move house, exercising using the Forcefit plan almost every day, and have enjoyed plenty of time with my mates to hang out together. I'll be driving a bunch of us on a trip for almost a week to have a blast before we go our separate ways with our own jobs and tertiary education. When my university starts in March I will properly get back on with self-development, but in the meantime I'm enjoying my holidays!
    Best of luck to everyone on their journeys making their lives better 
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  5. AlexTheGrape added a post in a topic My Journal - Alex   

    Positive Habit Streak – Day 0

    Today has been wonderful in terms of quality, but average in terms of completing things. I got some of my positive habits done and have made a plan to quickly do all of them (not including what’s in my morning schedule) in two blocks, and includes an evening meditation and visualisation.

    Gratitude journal

    I am grateful for having a supermarket nearby.

    I am grateful for my second jar of awesome.

    I am grateful for my brothers having a sword fight with me today.

    One amazing thing that happened/I did today:

    This went into my jar of awesome! At the new house we’re moving to, my brothers and I used some toy swords and had a blast chasing each other and hiding in the space outside the house. Smiles were all around and I wish to do much more of this in future whilst I’m not too old.

    Workout/run

    A run with the dog. Again it wasn’t what I had planned, but it’s better than nothing.

    Daily task planning ahead of time

    Yup!

    Exercise planning

    I’m going to do week 6, day 3 of my plan. Again.

    Meditation

    Nope.

    Visualisation

    Nope.

    Daily affirmation

    No.

    Fully cold shower

    No.

    Reading + taking notes

    No.

    Getting to bed before 10:10pm

    No.

    Jar of Awesome

    Yup!

    Japanese learning

    Yup!

    Cook a meal

    Yup! I made a dish that we make in my family called ‘tuna surprise’. The irony is that there’s no surprises, it’s the same delicious meal every time!

    Daily application of self-development skills

    Meet my commitments today. The decisions I make one day will reflect what I do every day.

    I did alright with this one. I didn’t do my morning schedule, but I’ve done pretty damn well with everything else.

    Weekly Goal(s)

    Don’t fail a single day of my success streak! (Sadly failed).

    Get to know the neighbours in one house this week.

    Monthly Goal(s)

    (I have an extra weekly goal).

    Old 3 Month Goal (1 month left!)

    My three month goal is to develop my leadership skills enough to confidently coach a sports team or lead another form of community group.

    3 Month Goal

    Expand my holiday programme to a running business/be running my own community group within my neighbourhood.

    Know my neighbours from at least 100 households/have them as contacts for my holiday programme.

    12 Month Goal

    Be running my own community group, hosting public events (more detail needed)

    48 Month Goal

    Have grown my holiday programme/community group to be accessible by at least half of the NZ population.

    Have the skills (namely leadership) to have my options open for being an entrepreneur or having a normal job.

    What went well today:

    Getting on with cooking to stick to my commitment.

    What didn’t go well today:

    Not getting up on time, staying up late last night.

    What I could have done to make my day better:

    Gotten more sleep, sticking to my morning routine.

    What I will do differently tomorrow:

    I will make sure to get to bed on time, follow through with my morning routine, and try to knock off as many of my tasks as I can!

    Photo Stream

    This is a yummy cake at that same birthday. With enough practice, I might be able to make ones of my own like this sometime!

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  6. AlexTheGrape added a post in a topic My Journal - Alex   

    Positive Habit Streak – Day 0

    Today has been a great day in general. Another generally relaxed one, involving moving furniture to our new house and going food shopping. I’ve been having some ideas on how to spend my holidays, and it seems that I only ever truly enjoy myself without guilt when I’m doing my best in all the facets of life that I’m wanting to improve in. I like to organise my life, and so to take on board all the new things I’m wanting to do as well (learning Japanese, cooking etc) that are significant skills, I’d like to bring my organisational skills to the next level! More on that later.

    Since my university starting date is getting closer, I’ve been really pumped to get started and make the most of it. Part of this will be creating a university project/club for the Trump Zone equivalent, as turning it into a group effort would enable it to be built well, tested well, get proper traction, and be a wonderful leadership opportunity for myself.

    My past week has been relatively mixed with some days of hanging around at home and some days of going about or working. I’ve been keeping up a high standard of exercise almost every day, which has been surprising considering the inconsistency in which I’ve been meditating and not doing visualisations. Again I come back to the conclusion that journaling daily and reflecting often are very helpful and essential tools.

    I know I haven’t achieved all my weekly or monthly goals, which is a shame. I plan to revise my visualisations and such tomorrow (which I have procrastinated for a long time!), but for now my goals are to keep consistent with what I’m assigning myself, and to actually complete all these things (including new skills).

    Gratitude journal

    I am grateful for my desire to succeed and progress my skills.

    I am grateful for having a yearly planner.

    I am grateful for being fit.

    One amazing thing that happened/I did today:

    Realising that I’m not going to cook until I start organising to do it myself was a major stepping stone in what I believe to be my progression with this skill. I’m not going to learn to cook and make meals consistently without me being organised enough to plan them beforehand and, when needed, fetch the ingredients necessary. I’m going to try cooking every day now, that way I’ll be learning all the time to work consistently and have no excuse to not do this!

    Workout/run

    A run with the dog. Not intense, but somewhat satisfactory in duration.

    Daily task planning ahead of time

    Yup!

    Exercise planning

    I’m going to do week 6, day 3 of my plan.

    Meditation

    Nope.

    Visualisation

    Nope.

    Daily affirmation

    No.

    Fully cold shower

    No.

    Reading + taking notes

    No.

    Getting to bed before 10:10pm

    No.

    Jar of Awesome

    No.

    Japanese learning

    No.

    Cook a meal

    No.

    Daily application of self-development skills

    Meet my commitments today. The decisions I make one day will reflect what I do every day.

    Weekly Goal(s)

    Don’t fail a single day of my success streak! (Sadly failed).

    Get to know the neighbours in one house this week.

    Monthly Goal(s)

    (I have an extra weekly goal).

    Old 3 Month Goal (1 month left!)

    My three month goal is to develop my leadership skills enough to confidently coach a sports team or lead another form of community group.

    3 Month Goal

    Expand my holiday programme to a running business/be running my own community group within my neighbourhood.

    Know my neighbours from at least 100 households/have them as contacts for my holiday programme.

    12 Month Goal

    Be running my own community group, hosting public events (more detail needed)

    48 Month Goal

    Have grown my holiday programme/community group to be accessible by at least half of the NZ population.

    Have the skills (namely leadership) to have my options open for being an entrepreneur or having a normal job.

    What went well today:

    Exercising, deciding to get back to journaling today.

    What didn’t go well today:

    A lot, simply being lazy.

    What I could have done to make my day better:

    Get on with my positive habits.

    What I will do differently tomorrow:

    Create new plans for doing all my positive habits.

    Photo Stream

    These are some photos I took of some delicious food at a relative’s birthday.




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  7. AlexTheGrape added a post in a topic My Journal - Alex   

    Yeah man! My exam results came out on the 17th so yeah it is coming along fast! Do you have to do compulsory military service in Finland because you border Russia?
    I'll be doing engineering this year, and next year I'll then specialize in mechatronics or software engineering. What are your plans for university?
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  8. AlexTheGrape added a post in a topic My Journal - Alex   

    Today has been another good one. I've created my timetable for my first semester at university, and have been using many online resources to prepare myself for what I need. I went to work in the evening.
    I'm grateful for:
    Online banking.Dinner from working.Drink bottles.
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  9. AlexTheGrape added a post in a topic My Journal - Alex   

    The past two days have gone really well: I've been exercising heaps, getting up on time, and generally doing great in terms of habits. Nothing much else to say other than all is going well. I've been working still, and I've taken the time to clean out my room and re-organise a few things. Otherwise everything is going great!
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  10. AlexTheGrape added a post in a topic My Journal - Alex   

    The past few days have been a bit of a blur: I've been back to work again, but have been accomplishing most of my positive habits. I haven't done that much cooking, but I cooked dinner pretty much by myself tonight for the family and that was really good. Yesterday I went out for a run and workout and I was asked by a bunch of adults to play soccer with them, it was a really fun spontaneous thing that I did for another 30 mins before I had to leave to get ready for work. I might be contacted later to play further soccer, so it was a great opportunity. Sleeping on time seems to be the thing I'm having the most difficulty with, and for some reason I keep consistently skipping my visualisation practice. I'll need to get better at that tomorrow.
    I have heaps of tasks queued for tomorrow, lets see how the day goes!
    Here's the dinner I made tonight for 3: Pork eye fillet, potato, and salad!


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  11. AlexTheGrape added a post in a topic My Project: Trump Zone!   

    The place it was filmed was at a hired batch (I was staying there for a week) so sorry but I don't own the place. Were you planning on coming to NZ?
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  12. AlexTheGrape added a post in a topic My Project: Trump Zone!   

    Yes I was thinking of a ranking system for when/if I make a software component for mobile. I see the connection, thanks for pointing that out.
    That is a good name! It might get confusing for some people but with some tweaking like the "Real Virtuality Challenge" for when I have a software component to the system, it could work well!
    Thanks for the feedback, I'll check it out
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  13. AlexTheGrape added a post in a topic My Project: Trump Zone!   

    It is in the initial stages so I didn't expect anyone in the forum to want to play. If you'd like some resources to set up the TZ system then I can send some resources your way. You'd basically just need to make some Trump Tokens from printed paper (with token images I send you) and cardboard, scrap paper, ice cream containers for boxes, scrap paper, pens, and your imagination. If you want to try it that'd be awesome, just let me know if you want any resources or ideas of previous challenges I've made.
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  14. AlexTheGrape added a post in a topic My Project: Trump Zone!   

    Haha yeah chocolate is really healthy when you eat a whole zero grams of it
    I've never been part of a scout's club. What things seemed similar to what you know of them?
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  15. AlexTheGrape added a post in a topic My Project: Trump Zone!   

    Thanks Cam
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