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How to Level Up Your Life

level up your life

Social media loves a #GloUp. We “YASSS” the side by side photos comparing a recent selfie to a throwback showing how much the person has changed over the years. The glasses are gone, you’ve finally grown into your teeth, but on the inside, you’re still the same kid looking for external validation. It’s like putting a filter on a photo, the contents are the same it just looks better. For that reason, I’d rather see you level up your life than scroll past another #GloUp snap.

Riddle me this, if you are the same person on the inside, what is the point of a #GloUp? To let people know you went from not to hot? I’m familiar. I’m also familiar with the fact that beauty is fleeting and it only gets you in the door, it doesn’t keep you there. Trust me Halle Berry didn’t get where she by simply being pretty. She’s pretty damn talented too. That’s where the #levelup comes in.

Unlike the #GloUp, leveling up your life is about improving not impressing. It comes from a deep-seated desire to do better because you know better.

Over the past 7 years, I have watched myself level up. I’ve learned a lot, gained focus, and developed a different level of confidence than I had at 25. My level up was birthed the hard way, through pain and a few bad breaks. Your level up doesn’t have to take as long or be as stressful if you take notes. If you’re like me, you’ll come back to this post in 6 months after the shit hits the fan. Either way, you can’t say I didn’t warn you.

If you are looking to level up your life, I’m sharing 3 tips that worked for me and should work for you. These things all take work, but if you are committed to improving your life a little hard work shouldn’t scare you.

Never stop learning!

As long as you are alive, you should be learning. That does not just mean taking courses online or in-person to keep your skills sharp. Some of the most powerful lessons I learned were from making mistakes. I’ve also learned a lot from having meaningful conversations with people who don’t look or think like me, which forces me to challenge my views and beliefs. If you never challenge your values or beliefs, you will never grow, learn, or level up.

Comparison is a waste of time.

If you want to sink slowly into a self-induced depression, by all means, keep comparing yourself to everyone on social media. They have better pictures, more money, and more followers than you so of course, their lives are better. Right? Who cares. Even if their lives are as great as they seem, that is not your business or your problem. You can’t achieve your goals if you are worried about the next person.

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19 Comments

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    Charity
    April 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I sooo agree with you! We should not be comparing ourselves with other. We should just live our own lives and be happy with it.

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    Porsche Jackson
    April 10, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Love this! So true about comparison! And comparing your real life to someone’s social media highlights is definitely a waste of time/energy.

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      Anastasia Nicole
      April 11, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      Say that again! So many people do not get that social media is by no means a representation of your real life.

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    Jasmin N
    April 11, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I definitely agree with you, the comparison is a waste of time. That something none of us shouldn’t do!

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      Anastasia Nicole
      April 11, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Comparison is a vibe killer and time waster. We’re all better off not doing it.

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    Nora
    April 11, 2017 at 11:48 am

    What a great post! We definitely should focus more on improving our own lives than compering us to others.

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    Emma Connor
    April 11, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    You are so super right! I hate comparing myself to people and it is so important to keep learning its the only way to continually improve your mind!

    http://www.emma-jayne.co.uk

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      Anastasia Nicole
      April 11, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Right! You should never stop learning, growing and improving.

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    Corinne & Kirsty
    April 11, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    I really agree with you. This post is so relatable. I know comparison is bad but I do compare myself to others quite often. Especially body/weight wise although I know I shouldn’t. But I am learning to keep a distance from it and live my life xx Corinne

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      Anastasia Nicole
      April 11, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      It takes time. I spent years comparing myself to everyone around me and it made me miserable. Finally, I had to decide if I wanted to be happy or to live my life according to what society said I should be doing. You can guess which one I picked and how it took a load off me. I still fall into the comparison trap every now and then FYI I just don’t let it rule me.

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    Karoliina Kazi
    April 11, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    All of this is so true! First step for sure is to stop comparing yourself others and do whatever makes you happy!

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    Fillia Barden
    April 11, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    IMPROVING NOT IMPRESSING. You nailed it there! When we focus on improvement, we will concern on what we have and what to do to get better. Impressing other makes us concern more of what other thinks. Nice sharing xx
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    Kandja Sylla
    April 11, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Your tips are so helpful! I agree with you that a little hard work would be need to improve things. Great post! xx
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    Phaytea
    April 12, 2017 at 6:02 am

    I agree with you.. we need more topics like this…

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    Phoem Ponce
    April 12, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Love the last paragraph you made. badly need that reminder! thanks for this inspiring post dear!

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