When did "leveling up" became part of the self-improvement lexicon? Was it a video game thing? I'm not mad at it — just curious. When people talk about "leveling up" or encourage each other to "level up," what they really mean is doing the work to make their lives better.
It can be difficult to identify these areas, so let's define them. By taking a holistic approach, you'll see that each area bleeds into the other and supports the other.
By "roots and foundation", we are talking about not only your home base — your literal home — but also your background and family. While it's not possible to change where you came from, you can come to terms with it, so you can move on and move forward.
Your relationships play a key role in your current and future happiness, but for some reason, people tend to discount them in their pursuit of a better life. Leaving aside your relationship with your mother, your father, and your family (the previous section), let's examine your non-familial and romantic relationships.
This is the big one, isn't it? By leveling up your career, you'll (often) be making more money, gaining more public status, and have more control over your professional autonomy. You'll be able to establish a reputation that you're proud of.
Alternately, if you're not happy with this area, you can begin to formulate a plan to improve on these things.
Central to all of these factors is your identity and your physical self. How do you see yourself? And how closely does this resemble how you present yourself to the world? How do you want to be seen?
“If you can think of times in your life that you’ve treated people with extraordinary decency and love, and pure uninterested concern, just because they were valuable as human beings. The ability to do that with ourselves. To treat ourselves the way we would treat a really good, precious friend. Or a tiny child of ours that we absolutely loved more than life itself. And I think it’s probably possible to achieve that. I think part of the job we’re here for is to learn how to do it."
David Foster Wallace
I've written these lists out here, to help you get started! It's imperative to identify the things that you want to improve upon. Sometimes people get so fixated on one thing, they fail to realize that something entirely different is causing the issue. It's like trying to buy a new couch while your house is on fire.
What part or parts of your life do you want to improve? I want to hear about it!