Video games aren’t for everybody, but one cool thing about them even non-gamers can get into is the idea of leveling up. Play with this idea to unlock your own growth.
Growth Put Into Numbers
Videogames are fun and addicting. Older one’s were of the kind you would just pick up and play and when you accidentally fell into a hole too many times and died, you would go on a month long-hiatus until your frustration levels returned to normal.
Let this be our final battle.
Then the magical memory card was introduced, followed by games being able to be saved directly onto the system.
This allows for games to be long. Extremely long. And in the case of games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, it allows for the multiplayer aspect of the game to take over the actual single person story-line.
I didn’t even know it had a single player mode.
You see, you don’t have the same stats when playing the game like you did for most on the original Nintendo. You now have the ability to “level up,” to enhance your stats, weaponry, or what have you. While only role-playing games used to have this characteristic, most games these days at least have some aspect of leveling up attributes within them.
Why did this happen? I don’t know, but my best answer will have to be that it’s just damn cool. You get to see your character get better. You get to see training result in gain. The best part? It’s solidified in numbers. If nobody believes your ridiculous claims, you just load the game and show them what’s up.
The Dreary Reality
While games have this cool feature, real life, sadly, does not. When you do achieve anything worth talking about, hardly anyone ever does.
You filed away the mess of papers on your desk, sealed the deal with the Johnson Company and made us 2 million dollars? …Thanks.
There are no cool pop-ups that let you know you’re now level 5 and have access to Productivity: Hyperspeed. In fact, nothing tangible actually happens. You don’t walk around with a badge of success for being the best worker at your job. Sure, they have those employee of the month things at work, but Sally wins every month because she takes extra time to bullshit with the customers about their boring lives and gets great reviews.
Nope, “leveling up” in real life is much more difficult, doesn’t involve actual levels or numbers of any kind.
The hard thing about this, though? It sure does feel like we are leveling up. I mean, we get better at things. We can physically and mentally out-perform children and we should feel proud of ourselves for that. We worked hard to get there.
Unlocking Your Own Growth
Keeping tabs on your own growth is tough, but it can be done. You have to take things one at a time and see how that one thing is having an effect on your overall person.
You have to be able to understand what the levels are all about. In videogames, usually it is about getting better at completing the tasks the game assigns for you. There are rules to follow, and each level helps you follow those rules better. You can jump higher, run faster, pull off cooler moves, etc.
What the heck is the main objective in life, though? So many are doing their own thing and it works for them to some extent.
Well, the original videogame guru, Abraham Maslow, foresaw contemporary gamers’ questions and came up with his hierarchy of needs.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
At the base of this hierarchy are basic needs and the peak is self-actualization, or a person who completely fulfills their own potential.
It’s a pretty good hierarchy, showing how without a solid foundation you will never achieve the greatest things in life. If you are constantly fearing your safety, you are not ever going to be worried about getting higher up in the company.
But I’d like to give my own account of the hierarchy and how it translates into growth.
Layman’s Needs For Growth
Even the most passionate man cannot accomplish much when he is exhausted. Sure, even the best writers write while tired, but they take a break and come back later to revise.
Without the right state of mind your attempts at getting better at something will be hindered. You have to set yourself up to transcend what you’ve done before.
This takes energy. A whole lot of it.
So what are some ways to boost your energy?
(A) Learn How To Sleep
Show some discipline in your sleep schedule. Sure, I know you videogamers have to play for 37 hours straight, but really, sleep every once in a while at least. Take some time to pay attention to what helps you sleep better and try to keep that up every night. Could be small things, just do them. It will pay dividends in your energy during the day.
(B) Physical Capacity
Admit it. You can’t get up a flight of stairs without throwing yourself upon the staircase and crying out “Help me! The blackness is coming and life is on the verge of destruction!” Your physical capacity sucks.
Am I asking you to be able to run a four-minute mile or bench press 400 pounds? Heck no. All I’m saying is that if you are going to have the energy to accomplish awesome things then you will need to be able to walk a few blocks without your heart exploding like a frag grenade.
Nutrition is a tricky topic. It is highly debated by experts such as your mom, the lady at the grocery store register, and the crazy hobo who lives in your alley. Without getting too deep into the topic, I’m going to say this: Find out what works for you. Find out what gives you the energy you need and follow that protocol (Hint: It’s not doritos and energy drinks).
I’m talking about energy for the day, not for a 4-hour gaming session.
You’ve given yourself the energy. Now you have to put that energy to good use. It doesn’t matter if your energy levels are akin to a 4 year old on crack. If you aren’t doing the right things, you won’t succeed.
Leveling up means being able to do a lot of different things and do them well. Pulling this off means managing your time focusing on each one. You have to be able to get what’s needed to be done in the allotted amount of time.
You aren’t going to live forever my friend and there is no reset button on life. Get to work on the projects you want to accomplish because it will take longer than you think. You don’t want to get to age 67 and just now have accomplished “Cooking level 1: Scrambled Eggs.”
Maybe next time we can make Mac n’ Cheese!
-Unlocking Your Income-
Money does count in our path towards personal growth. If you don’t have the assets required to provide for yourself, then you will not be able to go above and beyond that. You will live paycheck to paycheck, striving to break even.
This is why Dave Ramsey’s advice on getting rid of debt at all costs is so important and popular. If you constantly have a debt weighing you down it is like boxing with one arm behind your back. You are not taking advantage of everything that you could.
Do what you can to unlock the money that you make so you can put it to better uses. Your time-management and energy that you have developed will allow for you to climb out of the hole and start building your ladder to success.
Build Your Own Pyramid
From this point, you are on your own my friend. You see, when you unlock your energy and your ability to properly use time and resources, then you have the ability to start doing what you truly want to do.
And what that is varies from person to person, so unlocking those levels will vary as well. You will have to use your proper judgment from here on out. That is, if you reach this point and, Protip: It’s difficult.
Building strong habits in these three areas though will unlock your ability to grow in any other area. You will have created basic habits which fuel growth and learning in other areas.
Sure, you may run into disaster and lose your income, but nothing stays forever, and you will have to build yourself back up.
Don’t let that scare you though. Keep climbing that pyramid. What is at the top has to be cooler than any video game ending.
Almost any ending.