Welcome to the Thriving Game
the transformational role-playing game
you play in real life.
“Will and Chris have made a game-changing discovery: how to enjoy transformational change!”
~ Jennifer Holtzman.
"Playing this game as a family has been truly revolutionary.
We love it!"
~ David & Shawna Smith
As our guest, enjoy The Power of Story online course offered to Fortune 100 companies and leaders all over the world – included with your Game Pass.
Turn work into play.
Free stuck relationships.
Remove career roadblocks.
Find meaning and fulfill your purpose... in everyday situations.
Live your own life as your true self.
Round One Game Challenge:
Become a Story Detective
Start to notice the stories you're generating throughout the day. Any place where you impose meaning onto what's happening is where you'll find your story. Notice:
Where is that story leading?
How might that story end?
Do you want that?
If not, what do you want?
How about creating a different story to get that result?
You’ll learn how to do all that in Round Two, but for now, your first Game Challenge is to:
Be a Story Detective
Imagine becoming able to quickly distinguish
between the actual facts of a situation
and the meaning you are imposing on them
with the stories you are creating.
Imagine being able to change your story
to create a different experience and get a different result.
If you dive in and really go after it, you’ll develop an expanded awareness that will serve you for life.
A few situations where you might notice stories running:
A meeting at work.
A conversation with a friend.
Disagreement with a family member.
Something you read or watch on social media.
A deeply personal internal issue you’re dealing with.
Noticing your stories is
no lightweight challenge.
We’ve helped thousands of clients navigate transformational change.
Now we’re doing it with a game … because it’s even more powerful!
Celebrate your wins
Welcome each insight
Play with Friends
Play in Real Life
Play at Your Own Speed
We’re playing together over an 11-day period. But you can play whenever you want and keep playing as our guest after the 11-day period is over.
Play all out, enjoy the included deep-dive course materials, and assess your results at the end of your day.
Reflection will help you integrate changes that happen as you play the game. It will only take a few minutes by filling out the Tracking Sheet you can download and print out here.
At the end of this three-round game, you will be invited to a live coaching call where you can ask questions and learn from other players about their experiences, what they're noticing, and how they're changing the stories running in their lives.
Join the Telegram group to share with your fellow players each day.
If you don’t have the app on your phone, it’s free in the Google Play or iTunes App Store.
We'll share and celebrate the most inspiring breakthroughs players have shared in a Thriving Game celebration via Zoom.
Ready to Play?
Watch the video at the top of this page. Access the deep-dive course materials here.
Join the Telegram group here.
Invite friends to play along. Feel free to send them the link to this page so they can quickly get up to speed and start playing.
Download and print out your assessment sheet here.
Review the day. Each night take just a few minutes to journal and assess yourself (use the handy prompts that are included).
How to Win the Thriving Game
Tracking Your Progress
Your daily tracking form will help you assess your progress and record your "ah-has".
You can download your tracking sheet here and start to play.
The most inspiring stories shared in the Thriving Game 1 Telegram group will be acknowledged and celebrated in a closing live Zoom celebration.
Why a Game?
It was midnight in a blizzard. I was pulling lumber on the green chain at a sawmill in Western Canada. That’s one of the toughest physical jobs in the world. I needed the money.
I don’t remember who came up with the idea a few weeks before to turn this job-in-hell into a game. We became a team and the 10 of us on the crew took positions, supporting each other and turning up the speed on the conveyor belt… just to see how much we could produce.
We were hippies. Our foreman was anything but, so the spectacle of us lazy characters busting our butts was a mystery to him. But he loved the numbers.
That’s why, when we had pizza delivered on that frigid night and stopped working for an unauthorized munchie break, he found himself totally paralyzed. We were breaking so many rules! But - and we could see the wheels in his head turning - if he disciplined us, maybe we’d stop working so hard.
So, he skulked in his shack while we feasted. We felt like Kings of the World and took him a slice before we turned the system back on and returned to work.
I’ve never forgotten that night. We had turned grueling work into a fun game and we got our reward. I’m sure that memory influenced my passion to turn Thriving into a game.
Rick loved chaos. The more challenging things were, the bigger his smile. As the lead dispatcher of our wildcat trucking operation, every day offered up scenarios that would make a normal person meltdown. But Rick turned everything into a game.
Whenever I'd see a big grin on his face, I'd say, "What's up, Rick?"
His answer? "Going to be fun to see how we get out of this one without a scratch."
And then he'd jump back on his phone and begin cajoling people into helping him. His enthusiasm was contagious as he enrolled people in his story of how they were going to help him save the day.
Rick went on to create his own multi-million dollar trucking company. I went into the movie business and then into corporate consulting. All along the way, I've tried to master Rick's process of turning stressful moments into games where people jumped in because it seemed like so much fun.
It got me thinking, "Why don't we turn our Thriving principles into a game?" Meanwhile, my business partner, Will, was having his own game-time epiphany.
And here were are . . . looking forward to playing along with you soon!