There are two type of people in the world. Ones who take focused action and those who don't know what they want and stagnate, and just watch other people take all the glory. I believe it is ideal to surround yourself with people who motivate you to take action. 
The days that you act, step out of comfort zone, move closer towards your goals, live in the moment to achieve your dreams. 
those are the days you really enjoy. Who wants to say they lived a boring, mediocre life? 
"Action is the Substance of Life"
Today I was at a video game store and I looked at all the games. I looked at them from the perspective of them being a source to fill a void of emptiness. Games are like an easy, lazy man alternative to being a hero and an action taker. I see that people are attracted to games because society made life really boring. They want to be heroes. Games give people a sense of enjoyment and achievement. You can shoot things, race car, play sports, go on an adventure to hunt dragon, etc. In a way it becomes an escape. Countless hours are spent looking through a window into another alternative life. Again it is all about balance, so don't sacrifice this life for a virtual life. That common sense. 
Why use a virtual gun when you can use a real gun? Why drive a virtual car when one day you can maybe drive a real car? I see it as a cheap alternative. Video game developers basically are selling you an experience. An experience you would most likely not have, because real life is boring. 
In a way it is, but it doesn't have to be. Just take small actions and build up momentum in changing your life to make it more interesting, and exciting. Your daily habits are what shape you.
I don't know. Some people just like virtual world entertainment much more. I feel that if you get entertainment from the real world instead you can engage more of your senses and achieve a stronger memory of that experience. I just think it is more enjoyable.
A lot of this has to do with mirror neurons. We feel the emotions the action takers are feeling when we observe them. In a way being observer sometimes is fine, but I think it is important to take action as well.
Focused action is really important as well. You need to know what exactly it is that you want, and then go about accomplishing that by doing what you need to do for the day.

Become aware of what is holding you back to accomplish what it is that you want to accomplish and let that thing go.

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Comment by Kokomo on March 12, 2012 at 10:46pm

Good for you man. You should still watch movies, and read books. Find people who inspire you. I just finished my research paper. Haven't procrastinated much this whole semester.  

Comment by Cole Riggall on March 13, 2012 at 7:39am

Great post, and I love the quote! A major event that propelled me into self-development was when my xbox red-ringed for the first time in November of 2010. (I have had xbox live since 2006). Anyway, I was really into games, (even a self-proclaimed "gamer") usually spending multiple hours a day on them. Then all of a sudden they were gone. I then filled this void with videos on youtube which led through Athene's Theory of Everything, which eventually led me to here. I quickly started focusing that energy previously spent on video games to doing research on self development. Since then, I've changed my major to something I discovered I was passionate about, I don't procrastinate near as much, and I've had a girlfriend since March 2010. I virtually don't play video games anymore, and this has in multiple ways led me to a substantially better quality of life :)

Comment by Max K. on March 15, 2012 at 2:30pm

Games are the experience to trigger the most basic instinct in humans, especially males, hunting and constant awareness of your surroundings, self preservation. Its really what it is if you think about it. As many games play around that, where you need to challenge yourself, kill something, survive. And it tigger domanime flow like nothing else.

I think games are double edged sword, you can use them to simulate real experience, learn something new, or you can play that call of duty #87 knowing there is nothing new in it but you still do it because ...? Because its easy dopamine kick, you know how to do it already. 

That is why i sold my gaming rig and bought a laptop with build-in graph card, and everytime i have done this "quit gaming" experiment, my life has progressed substantially. Because instead of focusing your mind on games, you let it loose like a hungry wolf on your real life.

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