Leveling Up - Living A Happy And Adventurous Life
Your perception of life has a lot of influence on how it unfolds for you. Think about it. Your perception, in general, defines how you make decisions. And your decisions slowly shape your future. It is really quite intuitive if you think about it.
The sad fact in the modern world is that most people's perception of human life and reality, at large, is quite messed up. Most people are slowly starting to believe that human life is increasingly becoming devoid of meaning. Thanks to the mountain of challenges facing us all, and especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects, there is a general gloomy atmosphere still gripping the world.
If you happen to be in the same boat, too, it is time to change your perception of life. There is so much to see, so much to experience, and so much to achieve that it wouldn't be fair to limit yourself in any way. You owe that to yourself and to your loved ones!
This is exactly where leveling up comes in.
You might have heard of this term before. In fact, it's highly likely that you have if you have played any sort of video game whatsoever. In a game, you level up as you keep playing. You become more capable, defeat even bigger enemies, gain more experience, and have fun while doing it all. Does that sound familiar? Isn't that how life works?
If you think about it, life is like a giant video game. The most realistic game possible, but still a game nonetheless. You grow up, learn new things, make friends, make mistakes, try again after a failure, and so on. With time, whether you want to or not, you keep leveling up. You keep becoming a better version of yourself.
Perceiving life in this way will completely change how you live. Instead of feeling that there's no meaning to anything, you will actively try and find your purpose. Instead of forcing yourself to go about your day, you will look forward to doing the best you can and growing as a result. There is something about leveling up that fills you with joy and happiness. You just can't help it!
Ask yourself, how did you feel when you last learned a new skill? How did you feel when you got that promotion at work? And how do you feel when you look back and realize just how far you have come? You feel awesome, don't you? You feel grateful and empowered. And most importantly, life doesn't feel like a chore. In fact, you feel great to be alive and thriving.
That's exactly why it is so important to perceive life from the lens of constantly upgrading yourself. In a way, it gamifies this journey of life and that makes things more fun and adventurous.
Now that we have talked about what leveling up is, let's discuss how exactly you can do that. There are a ton of simple ways that you can incorporate into your daily routine and keep climbing up that ladder of life. Below we mention a handful of these.
One thing that is the most apparent in many video games is that there is always a goal that you're chasing. Only the complexity of the goals differs. Similarly, in life, you need to have goals in order to make progress in a particular direction. Otherwise, you will tend to keep moving in circles, and not reach anywhere meaningful.
Therefore, the first thing you need to do is set up your north star (your main goal in life). This will guide your decisions and actions and you will naturally keep leveling up without even thinking about it too much. You can even do this for your everyday life. Each day, you can choose what you want to achieve on that day. Goals don't always have to be large, you know!
Having a goal is not enough. You need to have a plan on how exactly you will achieve it. Now, in a game, you don't always have to plot a course of action because the designers of the game have already programmed it. But in life, there is no one pulling your strings. You are completely on your own and have the utmost control over what you want to do and how you want to do it.
Therefore, once you have set your goals, you need to figure out the most efficient and effective way to achieve them. To do that, you need to understand the resources that are available to you, the skillset that you need, the work that you need to put in, strategies to maneuver around obstacles, and so on. The better your planning, the better your chances of achieving your goals and leveling up in life.
One mistake that most people make is that they are not consistent with their efforts. After setting up their goals, and plotting their course of action, they are merely able to follow it up for a few days. After that, they go back to their old routine. Suffice it to say, this doesn't get you anywhere in life. It keeps you on the same level, and so, you keep feeling discontent with life.
Therefore, you need to make sure you keep your motivation levels up and keep walking the path that you have set for yourself. On the way, you will face a ton of distractions and challenges, but you need to have a fixed mind. You shouldn’t take your eyes off the goal, no matter what. This alone will ensure that you keep leveling up.
When you are pursuing something, you can get so lost in the heat of the moment that you can forget where you are currently. This might not sound too much, but it can eventually lead to you feeling lost and confused. It is always a good idea to know exactly how far you have come and where you currently stand relative to your future goals and dreams.
This ensures that you not only enjoy the journey but are also able to improvise if need be. In video games, they deliberately have “checkpoints” for the same purpose. It gives you time to reflect, appreciate, rest, and plan your next moves. It also wards off any fear of going backward. This is because, in your heart, you will know that the ground you stand on is solid and it won’t crumble beneath you. Meaning that, you won’t go down to a lower level because you have managed to reach a solid level.
Health is perhaps the biggest factor in your quest to keep leveling up in life. It might not seem like it, but that’s a fact. Only when you have good physical, mental, and emotional health, will you want to do anything in the first place. And only when you are healthy will you be able to put in the effort and time.
More importantly though, even after you have leveled up, you will need good health to actually enjoy what you have achieved. For instance, if you manage to earn a million dollars but you are bedridden, how can you enjoy all that wealth? So, make sure you eat properly, exercise, meditate and do anything else you can to remain healthy.
One reason why so many people are discontent in their lives is that they are not able to give time to things they love. What this means is that they are always entangled in their work in one way or the other. As such, they are not able to spend much time with family and friends, and are also not able to enjoy their hobbies. Of course, this gives rise to a lot of negative emotions even though they might have leveled up financially.
Therefore, you need to take special care of all the other things in your life that you really love to do. It could be traveling, stamp collection, hanging out with friends, playing a musical instrument, reading books, or anything else. It’s easy to say that you don’t have time for them, but if you really want to, it’s not that hard to make time! Doing so will ensure that you level up sustainably and enjoy the process while doing so.
If you look at life like a video game, suddenly, things will become much more interesting. You will feel much more in control and there will be this surge of motivation inside you to reach the next level. Suffice it to say, this way of perception will help you to keep achieving everything that you have ever wished for. Maybe this is why leveling up is quickly becoming the default way of life for a whole lot of people, coming from different walks of life. It just makes sense!