Consider for a moment that we, similar to other technologies, operate via hardware and software.
Our hardware would be our physical endowments; the way in which our body has formed and developed.
The software would be our more neurological components, our mindset, and our mental processing.
The hardware supports the software and the software drives the hardware.
It must be the nerd in me that gets a little giddy when I think about how fascinating this is.
Because here’s the thing. I’m not trying to diminish who we are as people through unnecessary simplicities.
Rather, I’m trying to show what a simple shift in perspective can do for us.
Consider this situation which may be one that you might have experienced.
You want to try something new, say learning the piano. You have no previous experience with the piano. So naturally, you’re probably going to be terrible. This is ok. That’s exactly what is supposed to happen.
What this means is that you don’t (yet) have the necessary software to perform this function. You have the hardware (fingers), but getting your fingers to work in a way that creates music just isn’t there yet.
This is where I think it starts to get cool. The process of learning and applying what we’ve learned is us literally upgrading our software. But unlike an iPhone upgrade that typically finishes in a few minutes, our download process takes time.
Because while we have the primary hardware, our fingers, we also need to develop the physical neural pathways that allow us to get the message of “music” to the rest of our body.
Or let’s put this in the physical context. Let’s say you want to run a 5k and you’ve never run more than a mile in your life, and this was at your elementary school physical fitness test. Similar situation. To accomplish this feat, you’re going to have to upgrade your operating system and your hardware.
And because of the more physical component, the hardware upgrade is going to be a bit more involved and take a bit more time. The software still needs upgrading because we’ll need to learn how to make running an integral part of our daily actions.
We’ll need to develop our ability to stay consistent and persistent so that we can show up and put in the work each and every day. And since nothing exists in isolation, this will carry over into every other area of our life.
I think it’s fun to view challenges in life as opportunities to “upgrade” or “level up.” It’s much lighter and far more playful like we’re playing in a live video game.
Characters must develop their skills to take on certain challenges. There is nothing inherently wrong with them, and they don’t have to change a damn thing.
But if they want to carry out certain actions then this is going to require certain upgrades and will probably need to be at a level that enables them to advance.
I’m a big believer that you can do pretty much anything you want to do. But just like certain video games require certain software and hardware, so too do certain opportunities in our lives.
Our software and hardware just need to match the “minimum operating requirements” of whatever it is that we’re trying to do.
Or our “avatars” (us) need to be at the appropriate Level (software + hardware) to navigate and advance through the game (life).
And just like any good video game, it takes consistency, persistence, and effort to “Level Up.” More importantly, the only way to really “succeed” is to have a lot of fun.
Now, we’re speaking my language.
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