Three Practical Tips to Level Up Your Life
ProTip 1: Take an Honest Look in The Mirror
“The first step in solving a problem is to recognize that it does exist.”
Have you ever watched someone on the show, American Idol, where a person auditioned and totally bombed, only to plead with the judges that “my mom said I’m the best singer in the world!” It’s unfortunate, but some people do not have a realistic, objective view of their own skills and abilities. Unless this person takes an objective look at their actual skills (or lack thereof), he or she will have an extremely difficult time improving.
Action: List the top 3 skills that you would like to improve that would be most beneficial for your life? ______________ ______________ ______________ (Example: Meeting more people)
ProTip 2: Create Your Gameplan
“Planning is everything. The plan is nothing.”
Has there ever been a skyscraper, or a car or a computer that was built completely by accident? Obviously, the answer is “no.” Anything that is built well was designed in someone’s mind first. Even if what was built was not the original plan, it’s a result of lots of trial and error. This is the same if you want to build a great life. After deciding what you want out of life, it is up to you to decide which steps to take to get there. Some of these steps will actually get you closer to your goal, some will inadvertently take you away from your goal. Learn, and plan again!
Answer this question: What are the next actions you can take to improve your skills listed above? ______________ ___________ _____________ (Example: Find a networking group around an area of interest and sign up as a member)
ProTip 3: Fail Forward!
“Amateurs practice until they get it right. Professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong.”
Now that you have an idea of what you want to accomplish, and you’ve designed a way to get there, it’s time to take ACTION! If you’re a normal human being like the rest of us, it likely won’t go the way you expect the first time, and that’s totally fine! Practice the Japanese philosophy of, kaizen, in which you exercise continuous improvement of working practices, personal efficiency, etc.
Action Step: Schedule when you’re going to practice on your calendar and actually record when you do! (Example: Exchange contact information with at least 5 people at each event. Write a follow-up email/text to each person within 24 hours)
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Steve Meim has over twelve years of experience working as a professional in the video game industry and is credited with working on award-winning titles that have been enjoyed by millions of people around the world. His success in creating a career where he’s excited to work every single day has inspired him to use video games as a tool to help others to do the same. Want to find out how video games even saved his life? Find him at his link above.