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New Code Games

24 Apr 11
Daniel Smith
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Being “in the zone” can be an incredible feeling. Whether it’s that feeling of making a presentation “just right”, or being in a negotiation when things “just work”, or hitting the golf ball “perfectly”, when things work for us, when we are at our very best, it can be amazing.

New Code Games are typically used to generate Content Free High Performance States. These valuable states can then be used to enrich and upgrade our state in situations that we are facing – whether it is public speaking, creative thinking, problem solving or being out on the town – or to help us handle aspect from our personal history that have been getting in the way.

The Alphabet Game is usually the first one that I usually share. Rhythm of Life and Breath of Life are pretty straightforward too. The NASA Game is pretty well-known too, likewise the Croydon Ball Game. But there are always more.

Jack Carroll created Alphabet Touch as a variation of the Alphabet Game when he was working with a client who was blind. Though it’s easy to learn, scalable, and does away with the need for writing up charts altogether. Daryll Scott developed another overlapping the Alphabet Game with the Stroop Task.

Juggling itself has many of the characteristics of the content free high performance state. It uses a huge amount of our brain by virtue of its stimulation of our vestibular system, left and right motor cortexes – and for most people, it’s not a ‘normal’ activity, so the risk of overlap is minimized. Plus it’s fun – and my 16mo son loves watching me practising! The main limitations are the lack of engagement of our auditory loop (auditory short term memory) and the lack of easy scalability.

We have been experimenting with juggling while rhythmically reading off the letters of words. But not just left to right: Instead, the first letter, then the last letter, then the second letter, then the second last letter, etc. So, for example, D, L, A, E, N, I for Daniel.
Likewise, we have tried using variations on table tennis where the way the ball is hit is manipulated – combining aspects of Alphabet, NASA and Croydon Ball Games. It’s just limited to situations where you’ve got a table tennis table, though fortunately there are usually quite a few of those around 🙂