Progress and Success: my habits have changed.

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Falcon
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Progress and Success: my habits have changed.

I used to be that person that had video games as a primary activity since youth. I remember thinking, nothing was better than video games. Nothing really made me more satisfied than playing video games. I had nothing better to do than video games. Even when I got tired of them, it was a sort of fact of my life.

I'm currently 166 days clean from the MMO I was addicted to, which is about 5.5 months. It's the longest I've ever been off it--and I'm shooting for at least a year. Right now, I don't even feel any urges towards it. It's relatively easy to stay off, and I'm thankful for that.

But what's better, the console games I used to waste all my time on in my youth...they don't interest me as much anymore. I've never had a problem with offline games, so while staying away from MMOs, I allowed myself to play them. But even with the freedom, at this point, I don't really want to.

I love what I'm studying in school: science and math. I love learning about Linux, programming, and computers as a hobby. I'm continuing with my art skills and I'm building a portfolio online. I cycle and make progress at the gym. I love getting the right amount of sleep. I love eating wholesome food. I've made some new acquaintances in school and kept contact with a couple of good friends, as well as family. I have ambitions and goals, and though they are somewhat competitive, I'm ready to take them on. I've also learned responsibility.

At one point, what used to pull me out of bed was the thought of making another day of progress in an MMO. Otherwise, I'd just stay in bed for as long as I can so I wouldn't have to face reality. Now, not only do I not purposely sleep in as much, but the past couple of times I found myself jumping out of bed to continue my learning of Linux and programming. I'm excited; not only for the content, but the newfound motivation!

For anyone else making progress, please keep at it. Changing habits takes time, and it's very important to be diligent. I'm so excited that I finally feel the drive for my new activities! It's definitely a success!!

And I have to say, definitely worth quitting that MMO.

Thanks for listening,
Falcon

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This is great news Falcon! I

This is great news Falcon! I am so happy for you. Thank you sharing your progress with us. It is always wonderful to hear the success stories. It gives hope to others...

It sounds like you have a very healthy balance in your life now. Studying, socializing, eating healthy, exercising.. Being motivated to learn is the key to keep moving forward and feeling satisfied. Congratulations for being determined and saving yourself from the meaningless vicious cycle of gaming... Well done!

Hope you have a wonderful year in 2015, away from the games and full of new, meaningful and exciting challenges...

All the best!

"The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past. You can't go on well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches." "The first step toward change is acceptance." "Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change. That's all you have to do." "Change is not something you do, it's something you allow."- Will Garcia

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Great job Falcon ! You

Great job Falcon ! You achieved something really great. Do your best and don't look back ! :)

"The future is determined by our choices in the present." - Anonymous Author

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AWESOME!!! Great update!

AWESOME!!! Great update!

Andrew P. Doan, MPH, MD, PhD

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