Going to the Next Level

Everybody wants to progress to the next level in some way. Whether it be personally or professionally, the purpose of everything we put effort into is to get better or to advance in some form. It takes action; it is impossible to progress without putting in some work. Some members of our team – Javier, Nelson, and Kate – sat down to discuss what it takes to get yourself to the next level of success and to provide tips on how to make the process easier. 

It seems as if the process is complex. You are changing something about yourself, your attitudes, and your habits in order to achieve a different lifestyle. However, looking at it in retrospect, it really is just that: a change in habits.  

“One of my favorite speakers, Jim Rohn, said that ‘success isn’t easy, but it’s simple,” Nelson said. “And a lot of people tend to confuse those words.” 

Before realizing what habits you have to adopt in order to advance, it is important to consider what success means to you. Then, you can zero in on what it is you can do to achieve that. 

“Success is a little bit different for everybody,” Nelson said. “For somebody, success might mean working at what you love and getting paid to do that. Not necessarily meaning you have millions and millions of dollars and have a big successful company, but you need to do little things here and there to create a compound effect that is going to create momentum.” 

The process of progression is truly personal. You must consider characteristics of your own personality that will determine how you can move to the next level. 

“You really have to adopt habits that are most beneficial for you and just think about how you personally are going to most benefit from taking on new habits and what those will be,” Kate said. “When you think about it it’s pretty simple. All you have to do is adopt a new set of habits, but the difficulty of it is finding out what those habits would be and kind of forcing yourself to take them on and integrate them into your routine.” 

If the process is so simple, what prevents us from taking actions to adopt these new habits? 

“I think the hard thing is to accommodate the new thing coming into our life when we are already comfortable with what we have,” Javier said. 

It’s true – we tend to hide behind the barrier of our comfort zone because we are fearful of change. It’s a natural reflex, but it’s one that needs to be realized in order to be broken. 

“Fear of change and your comfort zone definitely keep you from stepping into the next level,” Nelson said. “I think that in order to step out of the comfort zone, so one of the simplest ways is to surround yourself with the right people and with like-minded people.” 

“That’s definitely true,” Kate responded. “Everyone wants to be comfortable; you never want to feel like you’re overworking yourself and you never want to feel stressed. But if you do want to advance your career, or you want to go up to the next level in anything, it will take work, but that’s just how life goes, you have to put in some work in order to achieve good results. But in the end, it’s always very rewarding.” 

 The process of going to the next level should be enjoyable, as well. If you put effort into a job or a project that you do not enjoy, then you will not receive the rewarding feeling of satisfaction in the end. This is why it’s important to consider the “why” behind your actions. That is your personal source of motivation that will push you to work hard at accomplishing what you hope to achieve.  

As the discussion began to come to a close, the team wanted to end on giving the audience some tips on how to work towards advancing to the next level, and how to do so efficiently and successfully. 

“I think that a very important part of this process is to recognize what it is that you don’t enjoy,” Nelson said. “For example, if you want to be a singer, but you don’t like rehearsal, and I learned this from a book by Mark Manson called “The Subtle Art of not Giving a (beep)”, and he said in that book that for example, if you want to be a singer, but you don’t enjoy the whole rehearsal process, well, you might as well do something else if you don’t enjoy the part of putting everything together. Like my job here, I do marketing and creative. And I have to put together all of the cameras, microphones, and all of that. A lot of people just don’t like that. And that’s okay, I enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy that, if you don’t enjoy putting together your craft, well, that’s a sign that you may be in the wrong field. So one you find something that you enjoy putting together, that’s a good sign, because that means that you’re going to wake up every day and you’re going to enjoy every single part of the process.” 

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