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The Candy Crush Impossible Reality – Josh Journal

For a very long time, Candy Crush Saga was the only game I had on my phone. As someone who is an avid gamer, people were always shocked that I had no other game on my phone.
I was not an early adaptor of Candy Crush. It never excited me, and I found it funny that people got engrossed in it.

La Babe introduced me to Candy Crush Saga. I struggled to concentrate on it. Unbeknownst to me, the key to enjoying it was muting the sound. What a difference that made. Thanks to La Babe for this.
That is actually the key to enjoying lots of mobile games. Except for action and sports games of course.

Now, I have a good collection of mobile games on my phone, and true to form, they are all muted.
My games of choice are mostly brain development games. I don’t know if they work as advertised though.

Along with Candy Crush, I also use Elevate and play a hangman game, checkers, sudoku, cryptogram, and monopoly game.
I will continue to believe they improve my brain power until they are proven otherwise.

Those who play Candy Crush would know about the fortune wheel where you get a free booster. The best result you can get on the wheel was a jackpot.
Hitting the jackpot meant you got one of every booster available.

For about three years of playing the game and spinning the wheel, I never hit the jackpot. As a matter of fact, I never thought it was possible to hit the jackpot. I believed the wheel was rigged to make it impossible to hit the jackpot.
The fact that I never hit the jackpot continually reinforced my belief that it couldn’t be won.

One day, as I was playing the game, a friend came to join me. Like most people, he was shocked to see the level I was at. He was even more stunned to see how many boosters I had stored up, unused.
His jaws dropped when he heard how recently I had started playing the game.

At that point, I remembered I had not had my daily shot at the booster wheel. I decided to do that immediately.
As soon as I opened the wheel, my friend asked me how many times I had hit the jackpot.

I told him I had never hit it. He was surprised. I then asked him if it was even possible to hit the jackpot.
My friend burst into laughter. He wondered how I had played this game for this long, gone this far in the levels, gathered this many boosters, but had never won the jackpot.

According to him, not only was it possible to hit the jackpot, but he did it fairly regularly too.
I asked him how he spins the wheel to get it to stop precisely on the jackpot. He told me that he didn’t have a style to it, but he just does it quite regularly.

I spun the wheel that day but didn’t land on the jackpot.
Within the next two weeks, I spun the wheel every day, and interestingly enough, I actually hit the jackpot.

If you had seen me when I hit the jackpot, you would have believed it was something other than Candy Crush Saga.
I was ecstatic, jubilant, and celebrated better than some people who actually won the lottery.

In the month after I first hit the jackpot, I won it at least five other times. What was different this time?
Did I find a way to spin the wheel differently? No. Was I lucky with each win? Maybe. Did it feel any less good? Not at all. Each win felt better than the last actually.

What was different this time around though?
If I must give a response, I’ll say the knowledge and belief that it was possible to win the jackpot actually made me win it.
How else could I have gone three years without winning it, then win it five times in one month after I was reliably informed that it was possible?

As with my Candy Crush saga, many people are stuck in different situations in life because they believe it is impossible to get past it, or they believe they lack the wherewithal to get past it.
Some people are stuck with bad behaviors or addiction because they believe they can’t drop it.

Many of us underrate the power of the human will. We underappreciate our godlike abilities.
That mental barrier is impossible to be broken by anyone other than the afflicted. All that is required is a change in belief.

The moment someone or something opens your eyes to the possibility in the situation, it is like a lid is open, a chain is broken, and a faucet is released. Inspiration and strength begin to flow unfettered.
In everything, whether you believe you can or you can’t, you are always right.

Wilson Joshua is a Video Editor, Content Creator, and Creative Writer.
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