Is there a major change in your life? Or are you trying to handle the daily barrage of things that get in your way? In any case, you may feel that you are maneuvering most of the time in the endless flow of new challenges.
If so, take a lesson from the popular video game Tetris. If you are unfamiliar with Tetris, the game will play in various shaped blocks that appear randomly from the top of the game screen. Their goal is to rotate the blocks "in the air" and after they land on the ground they will fit together, form a solid row and it will disappear. Earn points for each successfully deleted row. The game ends when the mismatched blocks are stacked at the top of the screen.
What does this simple game have to do with dealing with life changes? Believe it or not, there are many similarities.
1. Create a random space. Perhaps the most obvious correlation is that Tetris blocks drop randomly and continuously like life. In the game, it is best if you have enough time and space to decide how to place the next falling block. Give me more time and space in my life. Do not overload or overwhelm, especially when major changes occur. Make sure you have enough buffer space to handle what you need.
Second pass. The key to Tetris is to pay attention to several things at the same time, such as space, block shape and placement, and the number of incomplete lines. When changing a life, it is important to be aware of changes within yourself as well as new external circumstances. Successful changes in life involve a personal transition when learning to notice new situations.
3. Change your perspective. Tetris' key strategy is to rotate each block so that it fits completely in the space available for landing. It's best to stay flexible and look at your situation from different perspectives in your life. Ask yourself what the people you respect will do in your situation. Strong answers based on old ideas and patterns can irritate us.
4. Do not allow deposit formation. If you don't delete old rows, Tetris blocks the heap quickly. As the stack grows, it becomes more difficult to rotate and insert new blocks. The same thing happens when we are preparing old luggage. If there are major changes, ask yourself, "What's wrong with me? What can I let go of?"
5. Plan hard things. Some Tetris blocks are inherently easier to adapt than others. Therefore, it is recommended that you leave a space that matches these blocks. In life, some unexpected changes (car problems, business failures) are much easier to manage than others (discharge, serious illness). Having an emergency plan for the big one is not harmful. Not only are you ready when the time comes, but you can be confident in dealing with small things through a large change planning process.
6. I'm looking forward to it. Tetris has a setting that provides a quick preview of the next block. There is no “preview” attitude in life, but imagination is a powerful alternative. Use your creativity to experiment with different scenarios and try new innovative solutions during the change.
7. Change strategy. Tetris offers a variety of row deletion strategies. You can delete one line at a time or edit multiple lines at once. It makes sense to be open to various strategies during major changes. Sometimes quick and decisive action is important. Otherwise, silently listening to intuition will find the best solution.
8. Use a soft focus. To use Tetris well, learn to relax and enter a “zone” that gently focuses on the entire field, not just individual blocks. This soft and relaxed focus works in life. It is hard to get involved in individual set folds. Instead, go one step further and look at the situation from a broader perspective. This is a dramatic chapter of the book that is your life. Ask yourself, "How do you distinguish yourself from this? How can it help me become a better person?"
9. Climb to a new level. By taking a good rhythm, Tetris takes you to a new level where blocks (and points) accumulate faster. And when you grab a new life situation, something else seems to challenge you. Please understand that this only means that you are ready to tackle this challenge, as well as new opportunities for growth and insights.
10. Reset. When all Tetris stones reach the top, the game starts over from the beginning. If you hit the ceiling when dealing with major changes in life, take time to reset. Stop, breathe, and take care of yourself. Do something thoughtful for yourself. It won't give up! Time and energy are required for internal transition with change. In order for us to evolve in the changes of life, we have to make every effort to improve ourselves.
Drop blocks wherever you like and use these strategies to succeed in changing the size of life. If you forget how to play Tetris game.