Want to level up your business and career?
I am a big fan of studying wildly successful people to try to find the common connection lines – I believe that we can study their behavior, identify the small habits and “life hack” choices that drive their success and then integrate those techniques into our own lives for our benefit.
After years of study and implementation with my clients and colleagues – here’s my list of top five tangible action steps that you can do every single day, that will help you level up your career – no matter your chosen profession or industry.
Hack 1: Get Up Early
First, what makes you feel powerful and confident? Typical responses include 1.) a sense of control and, 2.) accomplishment. Getting up early can help you achieve both.
Choosing to wake up early offers you a sense of control that you might not enjoy if you wake up later. Early birds have more time to do the things you talk about doing, but don’t. You say to yourself you want to stretch, read, relax, meditate or hit the gym more. Get up earlier than normal and you can actually accomplish these things.
Whether you’re getting up before sunrise or by 7 a.m., you are automatically more determined and prepared for the day than if you were to have slept in. Preparation is key. Rolling out of bed and groggily heading to the office is no way to get you that promotion you’ve been wanting for so long. If you truly want to level up your career, do your future self a favor and get up early and accomplish something. Anyone who has leveled up in their career or their business can attest to the power of getting up early and developing a powerful morning routine.
I recognize that this hack is probably the least fun and no one enjoys hearing it, but getting up early will inevitably change your mindset, the effectiveness of your morning routine and your overall productivity. The most successful people know that getting up at an “unreasonable” hour, paired with effective morning rituals, is the key to having a powerful and productive day.
Hack 2: Plan For Tomorrow, Tonight
This next hack will inevitably help you level up your career and it occurs before the day even begins. For years I have used a simple trick that has proven time and time again to be one of the most powerful tools in my tool belt. I’ve helped tons of clients and business owners do the same. Hack 2: Create a plan for tomorrow, tonight.
Think of your life as a cross country road trip. An ambitious person would never try to drive from LA to NYC without a GPS, map or some sort of guide. Life and business goals are no different. How do you plan on navigating through your day or career? How fast would you like to get there? The best and most thorough plans consist of a series of small, efficient action steps that, as you accomplish each, serves to bring you closer and closer to your goal. Better yet, identify the next day’s steps and then mentally lay them out the night before – that way when you wake up you have the clarity to know exactly what your priorities are for the day.
Creating a nightly routine of identifying and laying out the next day’s goals is going to create massive momentum driving you to “level up” in your career goals. Do not skip this important step!
Hack 3: Do LESS
I’m sure you’re wondering how doing less can be beneficial – how is that possibly going to get me to the next level in my career? It’s pretty simple: set smaller and more attainable goals each and every day. There are most certainly 50 different things that you need to do. Unfortunately, creating a massive 50 line to-do list is only going to overwhelm you and leave you feeling unaccomplished (or worse, defeated). Keep it simple and focus on the one or two things that have the potential to move the progression needle at your work, business and career.
When it comes to long-term planning it is crucial to create variable time-frame goals; yearly, quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily. I submit that daily goals are the most important mainly because those actions will likely be the catalyst to actually help you hit your monthly, quarterly and yearly goals. Without the daily goals, nothing else gets done, it’s as simple as that.
Mount Rushmore wasn’t built in a day. Creating a massive business or getting to the next level in your career isn’t going to happen overnight either. You must do the work, putting in the time and effort that is needed, but never neglect the small, yet powerful (one or two) things that you can get done every single day. Are you trying to get a raise? Are you trying to get a management level position? Are you trying to start a business? Regardless of your goal, keeping it simple and doing less is the only way you’re going to get there. Ignore the noise and distractions and most importantly get past the mindless activities that aren’t helping you level up. Focus on what’s important and get that done every single day.
Hack 4: Do MORE
Yes, I am already contradicting myself a bit here – but hear me out. Do less when it comes to the mindless activities and to-do lists but always do more than your competition. Your competition may be a co-worker, a rival company, or even yourself. In any case it is always important to be a little bit better today than you were yesterday. Be a learner and a do-er. Create new solutions. Crush your goals. Fix a problem. Strategize a new plan. Execute that plan. Become the best. Go above and beyond. Do more.
How does one level up in anything they do? Whether it’s a singer, a baseball player, a business owner, or you reading this right now – it’s all the same – in order to level up in your career you must do more. If you want the promotion you’re going to have to work for it! Hard work is the foundation of success for any leader or high-level achiever. Always be the hardest worker in the room.
Hack 5: Get Clear And Have Tunnel-Vision Focus
Firstly, what do you really want?
Secondly, why do you want it?
These questions at first glance may seem very simple but I promise you, they are not. These are critical questions that demand proper and deep self-exploration. What is it that you truly want? Do you want a raise? If so, how much? Do you want a promotion? Why do you want the promotion? Is it because you’re excited for the work and the new responsibilities? Or are you looking to become a leader and help your team grow? Are you interested in making the company run more smoothly? What is the real reason you want this promotion?
If you want to level up your career you must get insanely specific on the end goal. If this is something you’re willing to work on every day it needs to be clear and to the point. It must be specific enough that you can actually feel what it would be like to reach it.
In one sentence, describe your goal. What do you want to get done and when do you want to get it done by? For the next year you’re going to put all of your effort towards this one specific goal. It is important that we create tunnel-vision focus. Inevitably our brain will get caught up in distractions and try to deter us. There will always be work drama, guilty pleasure reality-TV shows, social media envies, and it will always be easier to just hangout and not be productive. There are a million things you could do instead of following your goal plan – being laser focused will help you keep on track to accomplish those one or two things (every day) that will get you to your chosen destination.
In order to smash your goals, your actions and efforts must be in harmony with the goal you’re trying to achieve. If you want to level up your career you must a) get clear and, b) develop tunnel-vision focus.
How To Level Up Your Career
So, if you’re really ready to level up your career, I have shared with you the secret sauce!
Simply doing one or two of these will have a positive impact on your career. But, If you’re really looking to break through and find the most efficient path to your goal – integrating all five of these hacks will undoubtedly improve your career (and life). Carpe Diem!