Practical Tools for Preppers, Life Hackers, and the Intentional Living Community
It is my experience that there are certain qualities that define virtually all human behavior. One of these qualities is to strategize ways to maximize our untapped potential and do so at the lowest possible physical, emotional and economic cost, especially when interacting with other people.
If you can do this with peace of mind, harmony, and meaningfulness you are essentially a Zen Lifehacker.
To a young millennial, this way of thinking might be seen as just another “lifehack”.
To me, it is more accurately described as a Zen lifehack game because gamer thinking is the most effective, efficient, and productive way to achieve this goal, and zen thought allows it to unfold with peace of mind.
Looking for a short-cut is one thing; doing this by mimicking the thought and behavior patterns we exhibit when playing games is something else altogether. And to this a modeling of love, kindness, and compassion. What a wonderful combination.
As I often state to my Zen students, one way to view these human thought and behavior patterns is as a Zen game.
Rules of the Game (The 3 Tips).
- Separate your wants from your needs.
- Increase your income
- Reduce Your expenses
In such a game the more one who prospers at the lowest possible cost to themselves and serves others as well wins.
“Be nice to people… maybe it’ll be unappreciated, unreciprocated, or ignored, but spread the love anyway. We rise by lifting others.”
― Germany Kent
This includes being happy, living a life filled with love, and more. Prospering does not need to be defined in financial or material terms. It can relate to emotional well-being, clarity of thought, spiritual intention, service to others, and many other ways, and every other aspect of the holistic wheelhouse.
“Whenever you feel ‘short’ or in ‘need’ of something, give what you want first and it will come back in buckets. That is true for money, a smile, love, friendship. I know it is often the last thing a person may want to do, but it has always worked for me. I just trust that the principle of reciprocity is true, and I give what I want”
― Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Much of life is driven by sets of ideas and numbers that describe the past, present, or future states of things, particularly strategic interactions between two or more individuals or groups (players) in situations containing set rules and outcomes. Game theory is the process of observing these interactions and modeling them to make effective decisions. My approach to Game Thinking is a simplification of these ideas.
In life, we often model or copy what we have seen or experienced before. This process is known as “modeling” among game thinkers. Modeling strategies in this way is not about solving problems as much as it is about applications and solutions.
If you are a gamer and want to apply gamer psychology to your exploration of life hacking the Medium story below may be helpful.
In an ideal world Game theory and gamer thinking would be a waste of time.
The extraordinary person would simply do what Lao Tzu, the great Chinese–Taoist Sage did. Once he realized that most people were just clueless, and would never get “It”, he left town, went to a mountain community with a gatekeeper, and hung out with all the other, wise men and women, visionaries, master life hackers, and sages. There they could all live their lives motivated by love, emotional balance, clarity of thought, compassion, and personal contentment. Visionary thinkers of this type have no interest in living a “zero-sum life” motivated by anger, greed, lust, vanity, attachment, and ego. The type of that seems to motivate many.
Sadly we do not live in an ideal world. We have to deal with problems, much caused by other people, many of them dysfunctional to the max. In addition, we must confront our own inner demons. All this leads to problems that might have been avoided. Whether it is genetics that defines the games we play or how we play them, play them we must — or rather lifehack them we must!
One of the defining principles of my work in HAGT (Harrison’s Applied Game Theory) is Actualized intention – a conscious, spiritually driven strategic principle that states;
“The moment I am ready, willing and able to act on my intention, all manner of unforeseen events, and circumstances – ‘an invisible hand’ – comes into play, spontaneously, without discipline or willpower to bring to the fore an extraordinary process of love compassion, empathy, in the service of bringing one’s vision to fruition.”
I want you to know in no uncertain terms, that ignoring applied game theory, or living in the illusion that you can important life-changing decisions without applying these ideas is a huge mistake in judgment.
Without life hacking/gamer-thinking, one is likely to be confronted with higher levels of powerlessness in a world increasingly defined by smart devices, thousands of apps, and competition.
About Lewis Harrison: I am an author and problem-solving futurist. I use predictive analytics and applied game theory to isolate cost-effective solutions for my students and coaching clients. I can teach you these skills as well.
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