Yesterday, we talked about how dumbbell burpees equal success. Today we’re talking about the games we play.
If you got as far as Fact three in yesterday’s post, you’ll have also read a quick line about Finite and Infinite Games.
These are games that form part of our life experiences. James P. Carse wrote about this here
The Games We Play, and how our prescription for success is based on the Infinite Game.
Let’s break these two theories down.
The Finite game
A finite game is bound by rules, time, outcomes and expectations.
Simply, you’re playing to win.
Traditionally, this can look like a game of rugby, football, netball or hockey.
Like a business’s end of year results or the bonus you aim for at work each year.
You know what you have to do to achieve it, and so you focus accordingly.
The problem we see with Finite games is that just as you can win, you can also lose, and often this outcome can have detrimental effects in both the short and long term.
We end up blaming ourselves, and others, for our inability to triumph.
Relationships are tested and sometimes broken.
But yet we persevere with this approach because we know no different.
What if, however, there was another kind of game. A long term focused game, one that doesn’t apply a myriad of rules or time constraints.
One that allows you almost continued success for a fraction of the effort an Infinite game demands.
The Infinite Game
Allow me to introduce the Infinite game!
The Infinite Game isn’t limited by the structure of the Finite Game.
It is focused on the future, on keeping moving forward, on being agile and not constrained.
At Ignite Fitness and Nutrition, we very much focus on the Infinite Game.
We focus on three things:
– Moving Better
– Living Longer
– Being Happier
We want our clients to be moving well 30 years from now, just as we want our kids and teens looking forward to a lifetime of being happier.
We achieve this aim through educating our clients on the benefits of an Infinite, rather than Finite focus.
The Score Doesn’t Matter
It’s not the score of the workout that matters, but that you’re able to take on another one tomorrow, next week, or next year.
Everything we do inside the four walls of Ignite should benefit the life you have outside.
A squat PB is an amazing feeling, but not if of means you can’t get out of bed the next day with gritting your teeth.
What is amazing is seeing clients who achieve lower blood pressure, better cholesterol, or their doctor telling them they no longer need medication to keep their type 2 in check.
These are the victories that are going to see you want to keep the game going.
Now, it’s not easy dodging the red pill and taking the Infinite route.
Our egos can take a bit of a knock, we might not be posting as many videos of us pulling one-legged pistols on a kettlebell while holding a barbell overhead.
But seriously, for most of us, that’s not the goal.
For our clients, our goals are the three tenets we build our vision around:
Move Better | Live Longer | Be Happier
If that’s what you want for the rest of your life, drop us a line and we’ll get you ready to play your Infinite Game
Paul and the Ignite team.
(P.S – It really is as simple as getting started, so book your free consultation now)