Game ON! A simple strategy to turn your problems into play (hear me out!)

My week in pics: Working hard and playing hard. Much needed downtime with friends, being interviewed on Rogers TV (I even got the host, Kristen, to create her very own bucket list!), shooting my first video course for our upcoming Digital Retreat, yoga and brainstorming with Bobby Umar, dinner with the incredible Josselyne, St. Patty’s Day.


Game ON! A simple strategy to turn your problems into play (hear me out!)

On Tuesday evening, I listened to an incredible thought-leader, change maker, and friend, who was in from New York to deliver a program for a few hundred people. Over dinner the previous night, she challenged me to take on a game in an area of my life where I haven’t been feeling totally fulfilled (okay I’ll be transparent here, it’s around me wanting to find my match!). Inspired, I agreed to take on the challenge.

However it wasn’t until the following night, while listening to her, when I had an ah-ha as to the connection between potential ‘problems,’ and games.

She took us through a simple exercise.


Step One: Think of a problem in your life, and write it in the following format:

I want X, but Y.

Example. I want to start my own business, but I don’t know where to start.

Step Two: Cross out the word ‘BUT’

(if you recall I made a commitment a while back to remove the word ‘but’ from my vocabulary all together… so I was on board! Yes, I still use it on occasion, AND I’ve come a long way!)

Step Three: Replace the ‘BUT’ with ‘AND.’
Step Four: Re-read the sentence.

Boom! Just like that, you’ve transformed your problem into merely a statement. A fact.

You see in reality, problems don’t exist. They only exist in our minds, because we make them so.

As soon as you replace the ‘but’ with an ‘and’, your mind automatically activates its natural tendency to go into solution finding mode.

So, now I’m going to take it one step further. How can you create a GAME out of what was once your problem?

Example. I want to start a group for folks who play the nose flute (it’s a real thing! My friend David Gouthro even started a well-respected Nose Flute ensemble in Vancouver!) AND, I don’t know anyone who plays.

Now create a GAME around it! How many people can you introduce the nose flute to in a week? A month? How many people can you meet on social media that may play the nose flute? How many events can you go to, to introduce the nose flute to? How many nose flutes can you give away, teaching how to play as you do? How many phone calls, emails, personal invites can you get out?

Maybe you choose to tell 2 new people every day about the amazingness that is the nose flute. That’s your game. And so every day, all you have to do is meet your quota, come hell or high water, and you’ve won.

People take games very seriously. (Even some of my own friends take their games ~ be it Monopoly, Gin Rummy, or Cards Against Humanity ~ VERY seriously!)

So commit to playing a game with yourself. Write out a problem, change the statement, and create a game for you to play. Have fun with it. And, best of all, you’ll end up solving what was once your ‘problem’ in the first place!

Game ON. Because we all want less problems and more play in our lives. (Click to tweet!)

 I’m off to the slopes! Have a FAB week!

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P.S. As you know, I’m honoured to be one of the contributing authors to One Red Lipstick the Book. It officially launched last week! It’s full of inspiring stories of female entrepreneurs – however another reason to grab your copy? If you write a review of the book on Amazon, as a thank you, you can join us at our first ORL DIGITAL RETREAT for FREE! And, I’m honoured to be one of the Master Class instructors… it’s exciting!

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Carol Schulte

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

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