Wednesday, July 20, 2011

RPG Attribute: Strength

"Self-efficacy is the belief in one's capabilities to organize and execute the sources of action required to manage prospective situations. Self-belief does not necessarily ensure success, but self-disbelief assuredly spawns failure. Even the self-assured will raise their perceived self-efficacy if models teach them better ways of doing things."  Albert Bandura

STR (Strength) Efficacy
Strength measures physical power. In The Game, STR measures results. Not in comparison with other characters, but gauged by your own definition of success. If your aim in doing a quest was to learn from the experience then your success is not measured whether you accomplished the quest objective or not. Your strength lies in how you have understood, mastered and aligned your life with how the universe works.

In improving your STR, you will initially use your existing proficiency and skills. Throughout your journey, you will discover new powers. You have to use those powers to increase your STR. If asking for help from someone who is more adept at doing something, then doing so is a sign of strength and good judgment. Creative and holistic approaches to problem solving and critical thinking is a sure sign of STR maturity. Go forth and start building your character's character.

You are ineffectual.
People are always trying to help you as if you can't help yourself.
You are struggling. People have stopped trying to help.
You are inefficient, but you get things done. Sort of.
You know your faults and you are trying really hard to get better at doing things.
Sometimes you feel that people avoid working with you even though you try your best. Maybe there are better ways for you to do things. Maybe positive thinking might help. There's only one way to find out.
There are things you can and can't do. When yo utry to do things, the results aren't bad. They aren't good either. They are average at best, mediocre at worst. Definitely, you have a great opportunity to do better. A lot better.
 You have more shoulds, coulds and woulds than you care to admit. You just don't think you are good enough yet or it's not the right time or some excuse or reason.
 You are starting to look for ways to do the things you have always wanted to do but couldn't. You now realize that positive action is way better than positive thinking.
 You found your passion. You are now working towards integrating that passion in your life.
 You're getting better at this. You swear.
You are getting the job done. For real. With small successes you are feeling a little more confident each and every day. You try to improve a little bit each time. It's a hit and miss, but you just keep at it.
"I never thought I could achieve this. I'd like to thank everyone who always believed in me." But, you always knew that you could do it. You just weren't audacious enough to admit it. Now, it's perfectly fine to tell the world you are good because you are and the people who matter acknowledge that.

You are effective and efficient. You know how to optimize the use of resources with very little waste. You are fully engaged at what you do. Doing what you do is a lot of fun.

You are autotelic and you work in excellence. You know what quality means and you stick to your own high level of standards.

Anything you do is enjoyable and gets done quickly. Success to you is as common as the sunrise. You know exactly what to do, when to do it and how to do it the best way possible. You define what is best. You also determine how to do it better and better each and every time. You define what is "good enough" for the task at hand.

To improve your strength, you need to improve your standards. It is important to remember that you set your own standards and never compare yourself to anyone else. Better should only mean that you are becoming more and more your true self. Listen to the Hall of Fame player, the Hall of Fame coach, and in my mind, the Hall of Fame teacher of character, strength and success, John Wooden.

Photo credits: Dominic van Berkel

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