Personal growth is kind of like hiking up a mountain.
In both growth and hiking, you push yourself as you climb steadily upward, eventually reaching a plateau where you’re met with easy footing. You start to become more comfortable.
Upon reaching the plateau, you have to make a decision: stay where it’s comfortable, or keep pressing on.
If you decide to keep going, it’s inevitable that you’d continue to feel discomfort before reaching another level place.
In hiking, if you continue up the mountain, you’re able to take the experience you had before reaching the flat ground and apply it to the rest of the hike. The path is relatively similar, and you can confidently continue on your hike.
But when you continue to level-up—a term for personal growth—everything is different.
Before reaching the next level in personal growth you face new challenges that require new skillsets. While it may seem like you need to relearn everything, it’s not true.
In his Ladders article “13 things that will happen when you ‘level-up’ as a person, Benjamin P. Hardy writes that your life becomes very difficult for a short period of time.
“You may have mastered algebra, but now you’re in a calculus class and feel completely disoriented,” Hardy writes. “Despite having a firm foundation, you feel like you’re standing on nothing, and that everything around you is falling apart.”
But Hardy says not to worry. It’s not permanent.
“Now things are feeling rough,” he writes. “But it won’t be long until you get your stride back. But this time, you’ll be more evolved. More able. The stakes will be higher. You’ll have more help and support. Everything will mean more.”
Click on the link below to read about the 13 things and find out if you’ve recently leveled-up.