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My 100-day streak

If you have followed me for some time (thank you!), you might have figured I’m quite academic and deduce that I might tend to see playing games as a waste of time. I still can’t wrap my mind around people spending hours on end playing games. I just don’t (yet) see the point. Maybe one day, I will. Lol…

In line with that, I don’t have unnecessary apps on my phone. Only two pages of apps – one with the default apps that came with the phone; the other with those I downloaded. If I don’t need for an app, its website would suffice. Thank you very much.

Anyway, I suddenly started getting repeated adverts on YouTube about a brain training game called Elevate. It had a free version. Ain’t about to pay for something that would distract me from living life. I have more brains than that. Hehe…

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After contemplating it for a while, I finally took the plunge and downloaded the app. I use the free version and refused to upgrade even though I could afford to. Again, I wasn’t keen on shooting myself in the foot with my own money. Even during the Black Friday, Christmas and January sales with up to 60% off, I wasn’t biting them baits. Wise fish, me.

Anyway, the app gives three sessions of three different games per day, with limited stats on your cumulative performance.

But one of the things it does, and I think, with my teacher hat on, is quite clever, is its reward system, where you earn badges based mainly on your performance and duration of use. Well, I like winning. So even these badges became motivators for me. And I had my sights on one in particular!

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The 100-day streak. This was the next step up from the 30-day streak, after the 3-day and 10-day ones. Looks like a geometric sequence – multiplying by 3. Anyway, I was locked on to this and did everything in my power to get there. However, the forces from only God knows where decided to distract me one day. And I didn’t complete my training session.

You should have seen me the next day when I realised the error of my ways. I was about to send an email to the company to ask them to get their act together. What!!! When I remembered I did not complete, I quietly tucked my tail under and consoled myself in silence. But mehn, seeing my almost 50-day streak reset to 0 was like starting a new diet and exercise regime about months of lazying about like a pig! Or even a cow!

I was determined though. And restarted late last year, calculating that I’d be done sometime in February. And I managed to. My people, I actually did something consistently for one hundred, 1-0-0, 100 days straight!!

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To say I felt epic when the app gladly announced I’d finally earned that badge, is a gross understatement. I rejoiced in the Lord. I smiled. I first bumped myself. Pat on the back. Woohoo’d. Even took a screenshot. I was proud of myself.

Then I thought to myself. Self, what would your life look like if you did something that had more impact on your life, consistently everyday for 100 days? Learn a new skill? Write? Pray? Study the Bible? Read? Exercise? Meditate? How would my life be different?

Well, I plan to find out by going after a couple of things I have always wanted. I shall keep you posted. Look out for that post in about 100 days time. So about May 2020.

To your consistency and growth, . .

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