Many times in our pursuits of goals, we hit brick walls that stop us from advancing. This is especially so when what we are trying to achieve is bigger than what we are capable of accomplishing at the point.
To achieve a state where we become bigger than our problems, we need to level up.
Leveling up is a concept that comes from games. If you play games like RPGs, MMORPGs, or just games in general, you will be familiar with it. In RPGs, it is normal to run into a situation where we can’t proceed forward because our characters are not strong enough to defeat the enemies. This typically happens when we are advancing to a new area where we are exposed to stronger enemies than the ones we combated against before. At this point, we usually get KO-ed or battered down and have to return to the town/inn to recuperate.
However, this doesn’t stop us from progressing, does it? What do we do now? We start training and leveling up the characters. When they level up, they gain an increase in their stats, such as HP (hit points – your health bar. The more your hit points, the more damage you can withstand), strength, defense, dexterity, intelligence, luck, and so on. Sometimes the leveling up even results in our characters acquiring a new ability/special move/technique (or limit break for Final Fantasy fans) that adds a whole new dimension to what they can do! With their increased prowess, winning over the enemies becomes a piece of cake and you are now able to advance to the next stage of the game.
So how do you level up in real life to conquer your problems/goals? The most fundamental aspect of leveling up is to gain experience. The more experience you gain, the stronger you become, the closer you get to leveling up.
In games, the safest way to gain experience is to start off with the enemies that are weaker. Keep fighting them again and again and you will gain experience in the process. If you mirror this to real life, this means tackling smaller variants of the goal you are trying to achieve. If you are trying to write a book, go for a chapter first. If you are trying to increase your revenue by $10,000, go for a smaller goal of $2,000. These goals that you pursue should be goals which are well manageable within your current capabilities. Just by working toward these goals, you are already gaining experience points.
Assuming everything goes well, you will achieve the smaller goal. While you can try to aim the same goal again, you will discover that it’s now easier than the first time since you already know the strategy, the steps that are required and how to go about doing this. You already know the potential barriers you will face along the way and how you can counteract them to move forward. Just trying to achieve this goal again isn’t going to give you many experience points (if at all), since you are already coming from a place of higher experience and stronger capabilities. While you can try to achieve the same goal 100 times over, you might not even level up at all, since you are not even stretching yourself. Staying within your same zone of comfort isn’t going to put you in the position to learn new things and gain new experience.
Instead of trying to achieve the smaller goal again, you are now ready for you to move on to a more challenging goal. Increase the target you are looking to achieve. Shorten the timeline. Intensify the experience. With the larger goal on hand, work toward it until you achieve it. When you finally achieve it, you would have gained more experience points and leveled up! Rinse and repeat this cycle with even more challenging goals. In no time, you would have reached a sufficiently high level that enables you to eliminate your original goal with no problem.
Start thinking about the goals in your life which you might be having difficulty meeting. How can you level yourself up to become better and stronger? How can you level yourself up such that the obstacles no longer become obstacles? How can you level up such that you can conquer your goals with relative ease?
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