What does “leveling up” mean and why is it so crucial? Just like a child feels pure joy when they advance to the next level of their video game, adults feel happiness while progressing.
When you “level up” at work, it is because you have provided value to the company and others. Through the value you have provided, you may now advance. This advancement is either through adding more responsibility, higher pay, or other incentives.
Signs it’s Time to Level-Up at Work
As a human being, you have to consistently evolve or you will become stagnant. The law of familiarity is a term used in cognitive psychology. Essentially, it means if you are around something or someone long enough, you start to take it/them for granted.
The way you break the pattern of familiarity is progression. Progress and growth allow for continuously evolving. If you are bored at work, want more respect from authority and peers, doing the bare minimum, not getting the results you want, etc. you should consider leveling up.
How to Level-Up your Team and Yourself
In the market place, you are paid by how much value you bring to an organization. Leveling up is increasing your overall value and what you bring to the table.
Value in this scenario is knowledge, experience, and skills. How do you increase value?
Time is your most valuable resource. You can not get more time, but you can access other people’s time. Regardless of what profession you are in, most likely someone did it before you.
Success leaves clues. Achievement is a science, and if you look intelligently, you will find answers. There are plenty of books available on whatever subject you wish to know more about. Other people spent their time, energy, and sometimes years of research to write a book so you didn’t have to.
Learn how to leverage time by using other people’s. Learn from other people’s experiences and knowledge. Learn new skills by taking a course that is laid out for you. You do not have to reinvent the wheel, but you do have to become resourceful.
Being good at your job is not enough anymore. Anyone can be good these days, but being excellent is a choice. Adding value to a company or to a team is not the easiest thing to do, and being excellent requires self-sacrifice, diligence, and hard work.
If you truly want more, you have to become more. Do more than what is expected of you, and you will be different. That differentiation is the ticket to your success, and through this, you will continuously advance to the next level.