How To Improve Your Life By Levelling Up
“There is no passion to be found playing small–in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela
"Level up!" This was the attention grabber in Ciara's recent song.
I love the phrase "level up." Not only is it motivating, but it has got me thinking about what levelling up might look like in all areas of my life.
If you have played video games, you will be familiar with the concept to move from one level to the next level. As you proceed in your game it is normal to enter a new level of the game where you can’t proceed because your characters are not strong enough to defeat the enemies. This happens when the new enemies you are fighting are much stronger than the ones you’ve fought in the previous level. At this point, if you insist on playing, you’ll probably get killed and start the game from the first level.
So what do you do now? Do you stop playing? Of course, you don't! The next step is to train and level up your characters. When your characters level up, they gain an increase in their stats, such as HP (hit points = your health bar. the more HP you have, the more damage you can withstand), strength, defence, dexterity, and so on. Sometimes levelling up results in the characters acquiring a new special move/technique (or limit break for those of you Final Fantasy fans) that makes them much more powerful than before. With their increased powers, defeating the new enemies becomes a piece of cake and you are now able to advance to the next stage of the game!
Just like in life you need a new set of skills to advance to your next level. I don't think any of us are happy living the same kind of life year after year, but we all yearn for growth and development.
So, what does it mean to level up your life?
It means to improve the different areas in your life in a way that when others look at it from the outside, it looks like there has been a powerful shift. And, it starts with a change in thought, a shift in mindset, followed by a couple of brave actions. And, the fuel that drives all of this, is a desire to live life to the fullest.
So, where do you start with levelling up?
Start with asking the right questions - Take time to evaluate different areas of your life, where you want to step or leap, to the next level.
- Career/Purpose - stretch your wildest dreams
- Health/Wellbeing - get real with where you are and where you want to be
- Relationships - current as well as future-desired
- Spiritual - where you desire to be more mindful and conscious in connection to your Source & Self
- Life Enrichment - skills you want to learn, places you want to travel or live.
Define the big step - ask yourself what feels like a big step. Is it making that phone call you know could change your life? Or booking a venue for a new product you want to launch? Or asking someone out? Or booking the dream vacation? Or having that difficult conversation with a loved one? Or going back to school? Or quitting a job that doesn't fulfil you? Or hiring a trainer? Go to the place that scares you. Start your big step from that place.
Say YES to the things that feel like a level up - and say NO to those that don't. Some things are meant to aid us and some are there to stop our progress. This is where you trust your gut and intuition. When you slow down to listen to the voice inside.
Inhale the future, exhale the past - don't stay stuck in old stories and patterns that have held you back in the past. It didn't work then and it certainly won't work in moving you up.
Visualize you - living at your up level. What does it look like, feel like, smell like? How's the air up there? See in your mind's eye a day in the life of you, living your big life.
But one thing I've learned about levelling up is when you decide to upgrade your life and go bigger, things might become a bit difficult for a short period of time. You may have mastered algebra in high school, but now you’re in a university calculus class and you're feeling completely disoriented.
All of a sudden, the confidence you used to have feels completely gone. You’re now wondering if you want to do this whole levelling up thing because it takes time, determination and hard work.
But with everything in life, the results will be worth it.