Updated: Jun 2
Level-up—you've probably heard it all over the Internet by now, and I'm all for it. To level-up means to improve, advance, expand, and grow one or more areas of your life.
I've been leveling-up all areas of my life, including my mindset, and looking back at where I was to where I am now is extremely satisfying. Over the past 7 years I've broken a sugar addiction, beat homelessness, started my dream business, boosted my income, and built a powerful mindset.
Maybe you're sitting there wondering where you'll be one year from now or looking back at the previous year wishing you had done things differently. That's all it takes to get the ball rolling. I remember when I had less than $20 in my bank account and it was right around that time that I made the decision to drop everything and take a chance on myself. And here I am!
Here are 10 signs that you're ready to level-up.
#1 You constantly imagine yourself doing something more and you want it to be AMAZING.
You're thinking of your personal goals in life. You see other people doing what you hope to do some day. There are people (like Marie Forleo, Tony Robbins, Oprah) that you follow or subscribe to that already do what you imagine yourself doing. You visualize yourself finishing that marathon, getting an Oscar, speaking at a huge event, or inspiring millions of people. You realize that if you don't make a change, nothing will change. You're SO ready.
#2 You're starting to talk to people about your dreams.
You're telling people about what you want to be, do, see, or have and you get excited talking about it. You realize it's no longer just a thought. You're starting to speak your dreams into reality.
#3 You see your bank account balance and feel annoyed, frustrated, and unhappy.
You're unhappy with not being able to cover your basic needs without worry or enjoy your life because you don't have two nickles to rub together. You're DONE living paycheck-to-paycheck.
#4 You can't take that stuck feeling anymore.
You're unhappy with where you are and you no longer want to live life that way. I completely understand because I've been there. You've basically decided that you're done missing opportunities. You're so ready to take action.
#5 You are tired of merely surviving, you're ready to thrive.
You've adopted the mantra I don't want to survive, I want to thrive. Living day-to-day with unfulfilled wishes has you bored out of your mind. You can't imagine another moment of fighting for everything you have and falling short time and time again. You wonder when you'll be able to live your life without boundaries, limitations, and lack. You want to THRIVE.
#6 You're willing to give up something to get something.
You're finally at a point where you're saying F it! You feel empowered and invigorated thinking about what life could be like for you if you let go of what's holding you back. You're looking at your options.
#7 You keep seeing signs and synchronicity.
You've been seeing repeating numbers like 1111, 222 or 333 over and over again. You're thinking: Am I going crazy! And you're starting to meet people, see photos, read stories, or see messages, phrases, words, symbols and colors that relate to your dream and lead you somewhere special. You see the connection and realize that you're experiencing a phenomenon called synchronicity. You love knowing that synchronicity is a *wink* from the Universe letting you know that you're on the right track.
#8 You believe you're doing fine, but you know that there's MORE.
There's something beautiful about life... there's always room for expansion because abundance is everywhere. You know there's nothing wrong with wanting an abundant life. You know it's your birthright and you're staking your claim.
#9 You see people who are fit and seem to be enjoying an active lifestyle, and you secretly wish that were you.
You know it's going to take some work, but you're willing to put it in. You want to feel great and enjoy a life full of energy and exploration. Whether it's joining a gym, getting an accountability partner to work out with, or committing to daily walks, taking the first step will lead you to the next and the next. Before you know it, you'll be climbing mountains, running trails, and showing off your fab body in a new outfit. Look at you!
#10 You feel gratitude that you didn't feel before and for some reason you're starting to be curious about spirituality.
You know there's more to life than money, fame, and power. You feel empty at times because it seems like a part of you is missing. Deep in your soul, you realize that nothing material has ever brought you true happiness or fulfillment. You've been through a major life change (illness, tragedy, trauma, divorce, war, midlife crises) and you find yourself feeling grateful for your life on a deeper level. You my dear are having a spiritual awakening. You're ready for a conscious upgrade.
The sky is the limit for you. So what's next? What area of your life do you want to level-up in? Tell me below. If you're ready to create the next phase of your life and experience some serious growth, I'd love for you to join me. Subscribing is the first step.
All the best,
Wanauma Graham is the founder of BossFreeMedia.com, a hub for self-made women (…in the making) and self-development content. Wanauma’s books include Ditch Sugar for 365 Days, Totally Unstoppable, Her Mark and most recently, a collection of journals and planners.