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The requirements of leveling up

The requirements of leveling up

Everyone wants to "level up." Life is all about reaching new heights and with every new goal you set, you will have to change things in order to reach it. Most of these changes won't be easy because we seek comfort. Comfort is safe and safety makes us feel secure, but change requires growing pains. So if you're one of those people who have grown uncomfortable in your current circumstances and feel that this is your season for change, here's some things you will have to do to achieve that next level.

1) Drop the weights. You can't reach new levels carrying old weights. Fear and insecurities are just a couple of the weights we carry throughout life that prevents us from taking those major leaps required to turn our dreams into visions and our visions into reality. Work to overcome your fears and insecurities. What's more embarrassing: Someone laughing at you for living your life? Or not living at all because you were too afraid that someone would laugh? I hope you choose to live! You'll be laughing in the end.

2) Avoid negativity. Train your mind to become uncomfortable in negative situations. Eliminate gossiping. Avoid naysayers. Refocus your thoughts. If you can accomplish these things, you will naturally seek positivity. And you'll need it!! Staying positive is the only thing that will keep you going over the speed bumps and obstacles your goals will bring. So whether you're receiving encouragement from the people in your life or cheering yourself on to victory, you will find that light always eliminates darkness.

3) Seek knowledge. With every new level you strive to reach, there is one goal that should remain constant: learn from everything! We were always taught that our biggest lessons only come from our worst moments; that doesn't have to be your truth. Even our greatest moments teach us something about ourselves. Take note of everything you learn along your journey and use it to propel yourself in the future. 

4) Evaluate your tribe. When your mindset, conversations, and habits start to change, you will not desire to hang in the same circles. Innately, you will seek out connections that benefit your growth. You will challenge the ones closest to you to follow their dreams, also, and when you see that they are comfortable being mediocre, you'll distance yourself. DON'T APOLOGIZE FOR THIS!! I know it's some type of "hood honor" to say that you've never changed, but change is necessary to achieve growth. Surround yourself with people that are reaching new heights. For most of us, this is the hardest thing to do because you feel guilty for leaving loved ones behind, but you have to learn how to love people from a distance when they don't love you enough to congratulate your growth instead of discouraging it. 

These four steps are just the start to your process. Hopefully, I'll see you all at the top!

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