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.