It is a pretty sad day in Monopoly life when you survey your options on the board and realize that Jail is looking promising. Your fellow game players are beginning to resemble mini Berkshire Hathaways. You, however, are wondering where all of your properties went and why your bank seems so light comparatively.
“Didn’t I own Ventnor Avenue? What is happening here?” you ask yourself. You missed the Free Parking pot of cash and as you take the dice in hand, you silently pray for Go to Jail instead of the gauntlet of houses and hotels in front of you.
Your 29 Days to Diva Challenge for Day 20 is to Identify Your Minefields.
It is true that most of the actual game playing in Monopoly happens between the Jail and Go to Jail spaces. That is why strategists tell you to buy up and develop those properties early in the game for a better chance at winning. Divas, most of the game happens before you get to Broadway and Park Place.
Prepare for the Long Game
We are playing a long game and what we do not often realize is that the scarier high rent properties will be in the middle. Kentucky Avenue, Indiana Avenue, and Illinois Avenue can really pack a wallop if you aren’t expecting or prepared for it.
Life from the Sidelines
Nobody wants to go to Jail unless they are in horrendous shape. When you are handcuffed on the sidelines, you cannot do much to help yourself. Plus, what might be even worse, is that you will see your friends continue zooming around the board while you wait it out. Do the legwork now. Be aware of the types of scenarios that would make you consider taking yourself out of the game entirely.
Minefields and Barriers
For today’s activity, I want you to take a moment and think about the minefields or barriers to entry you are experiencing currently. Also think about the hurdles you have overcome in the past. Is there a theme to those hurdles? Our brains are so fascinating. We often become blind to the areas in which we consistently make mistakes. See if you can tease out any larger categories that seem to pop up during this exercise.
Plan for the Positive
I’m not advocating that you spend too much time thinking about all the obstacles that could occur in the future, especially for those of you who are prone to anxiety. I would rather that you spend the time thinking about the positive things that could happen in the future and then reverse engineering those positive outcomes. Hopefully, taking a look at your current and past minefields will help you eliminate them in your future plans.
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