If you are someone who is interested in self-development, chances are you have heard the term ‘leveling up’. But what does it really mean and is it something you should do?
In this day and age when every other person seems to be reaching for the stars and the demands and expectations seem to be getting higher every year, you might be wondering whether you even have a chance in this world. I assure you there’s no need to worry and you definitely do have a chance.
I will tell you all about leveling up in this article and by the end of it, you will be ready to change your life. Sounds great? Let’s get started.
What is leveling up?
Leveling up simply means taking your life to the next level. We all have big dreams and goals and we want to make them come true. To achieve those goals, you have to become better, learn new skills and take new chances. When you become better, you level up.
The term itself of course comes from games, but you don’t have to think of your life as a game where you have to complete certain tasks to move forward. The point is to focus on your own goals and work on them.
An important part of leveling up is believing you can do it. That’s why it’s also important for you to work on your self-confidence and to question a lot of things you have learned about life. People like to think that successful people were just lucky, but that kind of thinking will not get you anywhere.
Why is leveling up important?
If you want more from life, you have to take action. Too many people wish that things were better and complain every day about how unfair life is. But you can’t blame society or rich people for your lousy job, your lack of friends, or the fact that you don’t have much money.
If you want to make your dreams come true or to live a more comfortable life, the only person you should point your finger at is yourself. You are far more capable than you even realize and you need to stop holding yourself back. Leveling up is the only way to change your life and make those dreams come true. That’s why it’s important.
Who is it for?
Leveling up is for anyone who wants more from life. Whether your dreams are big or small, they are valid. It doesn’t matter where you are from or how old you are or how shy, insecure, or broke you are right now. You can always change things for the better.
The important thing is that you have a goal and you believe that you can make it happen. Don’t be pessimistic and think that life just is what it is and there is nothing you can do about it. You have every right to reach for something better.
Isn’t success in life just based on luck?
It’s good to keep in mind that life tends to reward those who keep trying. It’s not magic, it simply means that when you work hard, dare to take some risks, and are not intimidated by a few failures or obstacles, you are bound to get some chances you otherwise wouldn’t.
Some people like to call this luck, but there’s really no such thing. You have to create opportunities for yourself by constantly taking action. You have probably heard people saying that famous Youtubers or Hollywood actors were just lucky to get where they are now. But in reality, creating good content is really hard work and the same goes for acting. And that’s not even talking about the other things they have to deal with, such as constant hate and malicious rumors. If it was easy to get millions of subscribers on Youtube, we would all have them.
Don’t waste your time being resentful or blaming the system for your less than perfect life. The only thing you can change in this world is you. And believe me, that’s all you need to do to make your dreams come true.
What does leveling up include?
When you want to take your life to the next level, you have a lot to do. Probably much more than you even realize at first. Of course, how much you should change depends on your own goals, your current situation, and how much you are willing to change.
There’s no right or wrong answer, but I recommend you don’t shy away from making changes just because something feels of little importance or you feel like too much is changing at once. You never know where taking a few extra steps will take you!
There are many areas of life you can improve. You don’t have to work on all of them at the same time but keep in mind that to change your life and make your big dreams come true, you have to make big changes and you have to work hard. Take a look at the list below and ask yourself how you could change these areas in your life.
Everyone should work on their confidence, but if you have big goals, this is essential. You can’t let yourself stand in the way of all the progress you want to make. Becoming more confident means taking more chances, speaking up when you need to, and coming across as more convincing and interesting.
Being confident also means that you will spend less time worrying about what will happen and whether you can do it all or not because you know you can handle it.
We all have some goals, right? But most of us have been taught to think that dreaming big is naive and ridiculous. This can make you set much more mundane goals for yourself than you really want to. Maybe somewhere deep down you want to become a multimillionaire, or a senator, or buy a house in Malibu. There’s nothing ridiculous about that. If you have a dream, it’s a valid dream.
Dare to set yourself those exact goals that you want to set. Don’t listen to others or think about what they will think. This is your life and only you get to choose how far you’ll go.
3. The people in your life
You have probably heard that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. People around you affect you and your life, whether you realize it or not. That’s why it’s important to surround yourself with people who help you grow and from whom you can learn.
If all your friends talk about is going out to bars or they often complain about how hard life is, you’re probably neither learning nor being inspired. Now imagine having friends who take their personal growth seriously and whose idea of a good evening is going to a networking event or working on their side hustle. You can have fun with the first group, but you will level up with the second one.
4. Your living situation
What is your current living situation? Do you have roommates, do you live in a cheap area or do you wish you had a newer house? Your home is one of the most important things in your life and you should definitely work to get the kind of house you like and that fulfills your needs.
I know it can be intimidating to even dream about a house that is out of your budget now, but if you are up for the challenge, life might surprise you.
It goes without saying that your career has a huge impact on your life. If you currently have a job you hate, or that has nothing to do with your degree or simply doesn’t pay enough, you need to start planning how you can get a new job. Don’t think you’re not good enough. If you need to learn some new skills, learn them. If you need more experience, go get it.
Also, if you want to start your own business, don’t waste your time thinking about how hard it will be or what if it doesn’t work out. Start your business, keep learning, work hard, and see how far you can get.
6. Your looks
Looks may not be everything, but there’s no denying that they do make a difference. If you think your hair doesn’t look that great, your clothes are boring or you’re not good at putting on makeup, that’s something you need to work on. When you feel good in your body, others will see you differently too.
Maybe you are discouraged to put more effort into your looks because you think focusing on looks is shallow. But it isn’t: how you look has a massive impact on how you feel about yourself and even small changes can make you look much better and make you more confident at the same time.
Wanting to make more money is still a bit of a taboo and people who are well off are constantly ridiculed and mocked. It’s a bit sad, isn’t it? There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make more money and having a more comfortable life or more freedom.
You can aim to get a better-paying job, start investing, start your own business, or simply a side hustle you work on on the weekends. There are many ways to start making more money and the great thing is that they often help you in other ways too, like by teaching you new marketable skills.
This is a big one because it affects everything in your life. Are you an optimist or a pessimist? When you face difficulties, do you want to give up or keep trying? Do you have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset?
Your attitude isn’t something innate that can’t be changed. If you have been a pessimist till now, you can still change. You can start expecting more from life and have more confidence in your ability to solve problems. A positive attitude will only make your life better and take you further in life.
Most people would like to live a healthier life, but we all know how hard it can be to change your habits. Making healthy food can sound cumbersome and going to the gym might very well be the last thing on your mind when you come back home from work.
Yet health is important and it affects your whole life. If you want to have maximum energy, and not suffer from fatigue or those annoying minor ailments, you’d better put some extra focus on what you eat and how much you exercise. That will also make it much easier for you to work on other areas of your life.
10. How you spend your time
This is what really defines your life. Many people spend most of their free time doing something pointless and unproductive and then complain about how everything is wrong in their life. But if you take your future seriously, you want to spend your time as wisely as possible.
This means understanding that when it comes to free time, quality matters more than quantity. You of course also have to spend as much time as possible learning and building your life. This is what will take you to the next level. Don’t worry though, the more you do it, the easier it becomes.
As you can see, leveling up is crucial if you want more from life. I know you have been taught to think that you shouldn’t dream too big and you should always be realistic. But if you are willing to try and apply yourself, you will for sure be surprised by how much more is possible than you could ever even have imagined.
Stop holding yourself back. Making your dreams come true isn’t magic, it’s just about taking action! You can start by reading my article about how you can actually start leveling up your life.
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