The Antifragility Game
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“How can I practice Antifragility?”
“See it as a game.
In essence, it’s a game of Perception. You’re playing with Attention and Meaning.
For instance, let’s say a specific situation triggers frustration. Like when a web-page takes too long to load.
What’s the antifragile response?
You might ask yourself:
How can I beautify this moment?
You might choose to focus on – direct your Attention to – Gratitude. You can bring to mind all the silent gifts you tend to take for granted: your computer, with all its peripherals, the Internet, the chair you’re sitting on, the table you’re sitting at, etc.
You might choose to focus on Time. That small time-window is a beautiful opportunity for a micro-meditation. You can take a few mindful breaths, smile, connect with yourself, and relax.
By accessing some internal resources – Gratitude, Meditation – you’ve taken the situation and turned it on its head.”
“What if in the same situation I’m in an unresourceful state? That makes it harder to access my internal resources.
To quote Tim Ferris:
In a lowered emotional state, we only see problems, not solutions.
“In that case, changing your state becomes the absolute priority.
The best way to change your state quickly is by doing something intensely physical. Like a sprint, or a few burpees… or climbing a tree.
The Movement Game is an essential aspect of the Antifragility Game.“
“What if I’m somewhere in public?”
“Even better. You get to practice indifference to other people’s opinions as well – or what I like to call, social deconditioning.”