Breaking up with my Xbox hasn’t just made me a better person. Quitting the habit of playing video games excessively has made me a better person.
I’ve been interested in playing video games since I was around 6 – 8 years old. And my interest in gaming started when I had a console called – Sega mega drive.
The only game I can remember playing on the Sega mega drive is streets of rage, a popular game at the time.
Later into my life is when video games became a problem for me. Especially when I had an Xbox.
I’d spend 6 – 10 hours playing video games like Halo, Gears Of War, Ninja Gaiden, etc. On a DAILY basis near enough.
I don’t regret the fun I had but all that had to change. Because for things to change, your habits and actions MUST change before any changes can take place.
Breaking up with my Xbox after a 5 year marriage.
Not long after being made redundant, my whole life and perspective changed. And one of those changes lead me to break up with Mrs Xbox for good.
I sold my Xbox and all of the video games as well as the accessories I had. And I haven’t looked back since.
Breaking Up With My Xbox Made Me A Better Person, Here’s Why.
1. I’m extremely self disciplined
In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first. – Harry S Truman
Before any changes were made my self discipline muscle was as weak and fragile as a new born baby. The reason being because I never exercised this muscle.
The only muscle I exercised was the wrong muscle, and that muscle was linked to bad habits.
And those habits lead to me slacking off and being no more committed than the “average” person. And as disciplined as the “average” person (meaning not disciplined at all).
That all changed when I got rid of the Xbox for good and sold it off. It was a strange feeling at first but I liked it.
Now I’m so disciplined that If I had an Xbox, I wouldn’t spend even a quarter of time I used to spend on it.
Unless you play video games for a living and make millions off it like this guy, priorities come first. But the reality is abusing video games isn’t productive for most people.
2. I’m more motivated than I ever was
“Once something is a passion, the motivation is there. – Michael Schumacher
Passion and motivation may be related, but you can’t have either if you’re not clear on your purpose.
I never was clear on my purpose, or at least not as clear as I am today.
Once I found out what my true purpose was, motivation has been the least of my problems. I wake up motivated and ready to beat the day to death and get shit done.
That’s a direct result of abandoning one of my worst habits, which was too much gaming.
I’m 10X the person I used to be because of it. I have no intention of turning back.
3. I take my priorities seriously
“To succeed today, you have to set priorities, decide what you stand for. – Lee Iacocca
When you’re gaming for endless hours everyday and every week, priorities are the last thing on your mind.
The same can be said for any type of bad habit you indulge in. Whether it be drugs (extreme), alcohol, partying or TV.
When I gave up the habit and decided to focus on self development, my whole mindset changed. I became a brand new person mentally and spiritually.
And since there was no Xbox within sight to distract me, I was more inclined to make better use of my time. Like putting more focus into business activities.
And that’s how I now operate on a daily basis 9 times out of 10.
Was it difficult? Yes. Is it Impossible? No, but it’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve done for myself.
And every “gamer” should try it for at least month to see how much of a difference it makes.
4. I’m more committed to my goals
Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. – Paul J. Meyer
You can’t be 100% committed to your goals If you’re distracted 60% – 90% of the time. In fact you can’t be committed to anything If you’re distracted so often.
A big portion of my days were spent bashing video games online, and my goals and priorities suffered because of it.
For me It was too much of a distraction because of the amount of pleasure it gave me. Not to say that’s a bad thing, but it’s not sensible when it’s frequent.
So divorcing my Xbox was a smart decision on my part. If something’s distracting you and you can’t resist it, delete it from your life.
5. I tend to wake up a lot earlier
“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. – Paul Valery
I was too busy waking up at stupid o clock when a quarter or half the day had passed already.
You can’t make your dreams come true on a timescale like that. Just like you can’t expect to get a lot done in a day If you wake up late in the afternoon.
The earlier you wake up, the more people you meet, help, communicate with, and the more you can accomplish.
These days I can be up as early as 7 – 8.30, and have as much as 16 – 19 hours to do whatever it is I need to do.
Amazing how giving up one simple habit made such a big difference, eh?
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