If you’re reading this, the words LEVEL UP are probably not new to you at all.
It is a catch phrase that is common throughout many social media platforms.
Music artists are even developing their songs around the words LEVEL UP!
Leveling up is normally centered around going to the next level.
But how does it happen?
This can be different for different people.
- Some are birthed in an environment where people are intentionally operating at the highest version of themselves. Always intent on being their best self and it’s just normal.
- Some just happen to be in the right environment where they saw something or someone they admired that sparked their desire to do things differently.
- Some embrace their next level because they simply got tired of the results they were getting in their lives and decided they were going to do something different!
- Others began the process of next level by their spiritual awareness. Where they truly began to understand their birthright of abundance.
Whatever the case may be, I’m willing to bet all 5 of the things I mention below had a great impact on the ease of obtaining their portion of NEXT LEVEL.
Firstly, each month I pick a topic for the month and this months topic is
“Operating at The Highest Version of Yourself”
…and much of leveling up is just that.
So I thought I’d take a moment to talk about some of the things that affect your ability to level up.
Now I talk about this often but today maybe it will shed new light. One of the major things that affect your ability to measure up is having a vision. One of the collective trends I’ve noticed as working with hair stylist and salon owners is that many are unclear on specifics of where it is they really want the fullness of their salon career or salon business to head( their vision). There are also salon professionals who don’t have one.
That was me years ago early in my career. I actually just wanted to do a lot of hair and make a lot of money with no clear path of where I actually wanted that to lead me. This was a consistent flow of only doing clients but not necessarily getting to a new level. It wasn’t until I got clear on where I wanted the skill set that I had acquired and the business that I was building to actually take me. Like long-term, 5 years later even 20 years later.
I got a clear vision!
If you’re just doing hair and only wanting to get more clients and do more hair that will be the consistent theme of your time in the industry even when you desire more! Having a vision is going to be one of the major factors of you leveling up. It will guide what you do daily, push you to stretch and grow, and ultimately help you create a salon career and lifestyle you love!
2-Your Perception of Yourself
“How On Earth does how I see myself affect my ability to level up?”
Now, you know I have an example for you. 🙂 One that I really want you to take a moment to process and see if you’ve been doing in your own situation!
If you don’t have the proper perception of yourself you will build a salon career that you don’t love, where you feel cheated, slighted, and unworthy of your next level.
Imagine you’re facing a little lack or uncertainty in your life. During these times you recognize you run more sales in your business, everything is always “going to be on sale”. It’s kind of like you subconsciously say. “If I make it cheap… I can get more butts in seats.”
Which is rarely true.
You ultimately end up feeling
and struggle to get some of those same customers to pay you when there is no longer a sale! (It kinda becomes your BRAND in the marketplace) unless that’s the goal!
You even begin feeling the client can’t afford the true value of your services.
What’s actually happening is you are transferring what YOU FEEL YOU CAN AFFORD!
You’re transferring that onto the customers that you serve.
You’re letting it roll throughout how you build your business.
Subconsciously you’re saying,
“My client can’t afford a $200 service because you can’t see yourself paying that in your current situation.
The important thing to understand here is not to build your business based on what you can afford in the season! It’s important to have an abundance mindset where you are basing your service prices on the value of the service and not what you feel you can afford at this time. This is a huge reason I teach heavily on your mindset, your spirituality, and your personal development. They are all so important because we build how we feel.
So your perception of yourself and what’s going on in your life is going to be how you build your business. Build your business based on the value you provide to your customers.
You also have to understand just how valuable you and your services are.
Not knowing this will keep you from leveling up.
When you shift how you see yourself, the higher version of yourself will out-speak that lower version of you and see the need to level up… in every area of your salon business and life!
THE HIGHEST VERSION OF YOU IS NEVER CONFUSED!
IT CHOOSES GREATER!
It will always tell you to go and get what you deserve!
- Take the Higher Road!
- Spend time affirming yourself!
- Spend time confirming your vision!
And if you don’t have one, make that priority to get one!
3-Spending the majority of time doing things that are good.. but not great.
Distractions don’t necessarily distract you because they’re easily recognized as bad. Normally distractions are able to do their job because they are seemingly good.
Oftentimes, many salon professionals spend a lot of time investing in things that are good but not things that are great for their personal career. Not things that align fully with where it is they desire to go and who it is they desire to become. Spending time on things that aren’t horrible at all but they aren’t great for your long-term goals can gravely affect you getting to the next level
Good is the enemy of great.
You have things on your list of things to do that would fully align you with getting to your next level for your career. But your phone rings.
Three to four times throughout the day. It’s all of your good girlfriends. It’s people you care about having a conversation with. Not about anything overly serious. Just chit-chatting.
But at the given time, because you have specific things that you need to be done by certain times, it’s not the greatest option for you to choose at that moment. But, you do it anyway and spend 2-4 hours in conversation pushing your alignment list to the back burner… yet again.
Maybe you belong to a committee or organization that you’ve been a part of for years. But you’ve grown and evolved and the organization no longer serves you.
It’s a great organization, but it simply doesn’t align anymore with where you are heading!
But… you stay connected, spending hours, and weekends each month with obligations to the committee or club.
Let it go.
Give someone else the space to fulfill.
Pass the torch and consider things that align more fully with where you are heading!
You are not a bad person for growing on to greater! Your desire and the highest version of you would choose to align and implement things necessary for your next level and schedule time for those good conversations later.
Don’t let good be the enemy of great!
4 Your environment
Your environment has to be conducive to where you want to go! We are creatures of habit and some of the environments we finagle in are simply based on what we’ve always done and where we’ve always gone.
You no longer Vibe with the environment.
You no longer feel comfortable with the conversations in the environment, but still, continue to go.
Choosing can seem hard.
It’s what you’ve always done, with the people you’ve always done it with. Changing it can be uncomfortable! You are afraid of people feeling as though you think you are better than them, what they are going to think. Your destiny will require you to dislodge from environments that no longer serve who you are or who you desire to become.
Your environment is so important.
Things you see, what you hear, and how you feel, all three of those components are huge as it relates to leveling up and are affected by your environment! If the picture you see is always the same
if it doesn’t stretch you
If it doesn’t make your heart desire what’s at the next level… chances are great that you need a change in environment.
I always encourage my clients to intentionally go to environments that remind them of their next level, sit at the table with people who want things similar to you, if not greater.
Your environment affects your ability to level up!
5- Your conversations
Not just the conversations you’re willing to have, but the conversations you’re willing to entertain I’ve seen some of the same people on social media, 1 year complaining( the snooze option is a great thing) about the same type of people in their lives, people that disappoint them, people that use them, people that hurt them. After a while, you wonder why they continue to entertain them!
You definitely get to choose the conversations that you allow. Ultimately what is being poured into you, what is allowed in your ear gate is what will come out.
For me, it was huge when I understood just how important what I was listening to was as it related to my next level.
If we are always having conversations or involvement with people who suck our energy dry, how do you find the energy needed for the next level?
What you continue to listen to and converse about will continue to be your reality! You need conversations that influence you to greater, affirm you, inform you, enlighten you about LEVELING UP!
You will consistently attract what you focus on the most!
There are so many things we may overlook that affect our ability to get to the next level!
I had a conversation where I go a little deeper about this in a video training.
Until next week, look at the 5 areas we discussed and make sure yours align with YOUR NEXT LEVEL!
They all affect your ability to LEVEL UP!
If you are ready to LEVEL UP in your Salon Career and Life we can hop on a call. Click to schedule complimentary time for us to speak. Click the SOAR CALL!
Success on Purpose,