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Solo Leveling: See How Easily You can Level Up Your Life

The concept of “Solo Leveling” is a brilliant way to learn how to level up your life.

Solo Leveling describes a world where humans with supernatural abilities known as “hunters” must fight deadly monsters to save humanity from certain extinction. Yet, an extremely weak hunter named Sung Jin-woo encounters a mysterious program called the System which gives him the unique ability to level up in strength. And this is what Solo Leveling is about – A guy on a remarkable journey as he fights all kinds of enemies.

Remember what I told you earlier – You are the main character in your story.

Sung Jinwoo - Solo Leveling

Sung Jinwoo – Solo Leveling

 

Like Sung Jin-Woo, you are faced with your battles as well. The good news is Sung Jin-woo saved his world and became so powerful that he could defeat the strongest enemies easily without any help (sorry for the mild spoiler-alert). The supposedly weak hunter of his era transformed to a savior of his universe. And the steps he took in his journey are applicable right now.

And here is how the concept of Solo Leveling can apply in you in real life.

  1. Recognize that You are a “Hunter.”

The modern struggle:

Lone individuals summoning inhuman willpower, fasting, meditating, and exercising…

Up against armies of scientists and statisticians weaponizing abundant food, screens, and medicine into junk food, clickbait news, infinite porn, endless games, and addictive drugs.

– Naval Ravikant.

In Solo Leveling, hunters are human warriors who possess magical powers and use them to fight magic beasts and clear dungeons.

The need to improve yourself. Your constant urge to learn and develop your skills. Your desire to make money. The dream of having a better life. It’s the same as the hunters of Solo leveling.

With the same analogy too, you are a Hunter.

  1. Become a “Player”

Health, love, and your mission, in that order. Nothing else matters. – Naval Ravikant

The System was a magical program that chose Sung Jinwoo as its Player after his first trip to the Double Dungeon.

This Player Mode allowed him to learn more about himself and the world he was dealing with. It granted Sung Jinwoo access to instant dungeons to practice and level up his fighting skills. He learned how to store weapons and keep an unlimited inventory.

This is the same for you.

Learn the rules of the craft you are currently working on. Discuss with friends and family with good values.  This is what it means to become a player.

Evolution of Sung Jinwoo - Solo Leveling

Evolution of Sung Jinwoo – Solo Leveling

  1. Start Small

The important thing is to do something every day. It doesn’t matter what it is. – Naval Ravikant

By starting small, Sung Jinwoo grew up from an infamously weak hunter to humanity’s greatest hunter.

The System gave him lower ranked beasts to improve his strength and fighting skills and he got stronger facing more difficult enemies as time went on.

This is how Sung Jinwoo kept leveling up ceaselessly.

If you set your bar at amazing, it is awfully difficult to start – Seth Godin.

Give up worrying about the ideal approach or the ideal beginning. This keeps you from leveling up and putting in the necessary work. Rather, begin small, optimize, and mature over time.

Just start today.

  1. Fight Daily

There is actually nothing but this moment. No one has ever gone back in time, and no one has ever been able to successfully predict the future in any way that matters. Literally, the only thing that exists is this exact point where you are in space at the exact time you happen to be here. – Naval Ravikant

There is a reason that Sung Jinwoo was able to continually amass strength, eventually growing into the fearsome warrior that he is today in Solo Leveling

Even before he became the Player of the System, Sung Jinwoo spent four years going on dungeon raids to financially support both his sister and his mother. Sung Jinwoo continued to fight daily even though he nearly died on almost every raid he ever went on.

Intensity makes a good story. Consistency makes progress. – James Clear.

This is where Consistency comes in.

Consistency helps you get better at things. When you consistently work towards your goal, you are more likely to succeed. Taking small steps every day leads you towards something big.

Fighting and showing up daily leads to your Solo leveling.

  1. Face Your “Mini Bosses”

For every quantum leap in his skill set, Sung Jinwoo had to defeat difficult beasts who appeared as commanders, kings or monarchs.

In solo leveling, they called them “Dungeon Bosses”. Video games call them ‘mini bosses’, or ‘checkpoints.’ In business, we call them Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and In real life, we call them life goals or big desire.

Credit: A1 Pictures

Credit: A1 Pictures

If you don’t face your “Mini Bosses”, you get stuck in certain levels for a long time.

For instance, if you look back at any dramatic change you have had in times past, you will realize that you have faced your share of mini bosses. Whether it was passing an exam, a career change, getting a business grant, change of location or surpassing a sales target. You defeated this mini boss on your own or with the help of others.

Just learn to recognize these specific obstacles and understand that overcoming them leads you to your next level.

  1. Have an inventory.

As the story of Solo Leveling goes on, Jinwoo was able to store an unlimited number of items in his shadow.

With this ability, he could now extract any number of those items for his own use at any point in time. Sung Jinwoo stored potions and weapons in his inventory enabling him to always be battle ready.

Do you have your inventory?

To-do lists, Goals checklists, YouTube Playlists, favorite Books, Journals, mobile apps – these are among the things you have in your inventory as you continue to level up in any aspect of your life. The Internet and your devices have even made it easier to store and retrieve any of these items.

Have a list of your favorite power-items you can always use at any point in time.

  1. Create or Join a Guild.

Much of finding great relationships, great coworkers, great lovers, wives, husbands, is finding other people where your values line up. If your values line up, the little things don’t matter. – Naval Ravikant

In Solo Leveling, Guilds are structured collectives of hunters dedicated to raiding dungeons and defeating the magical beasts.

High-level hunters were actively sought after by the premier guilds, which also offer sizeable bonuses based on rank. Being a member of one of these exclusive guilds guarantees high pay along with increased security because of the careful and calculated planning that goes into each raid.

Guilds in Solo Leveling

Guilds in Solo Leveling

These principles of the Guild system are evident in this world as well.

Powerful people will always attract other powerful people. For instance, we have the Paypal Mafia, a group of former PayPal employees and founders who have since founded and/or developed additional technology companies based in Silicon Valley such as Tesla, Inc., LinkedIn, Palantir Technologies, YouTube, and Yelp. Locally, we have the Paystack Mafia, a group of former Paystack employers who have raised millions of dollars in funding or established thriving startups such as Grey, Chowdeck, Mono and GoLemon.

It is like how the proverb says – If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.

To achieve more success and support from one another, form relationships and work together. Surround yourself with people who share your values and can support you on your journey.

SUMMARY.

To live a Solo leveling life, you must:

  • Recognize that You are a “Hunter”: Understand that you are on a journey to improve yourself.
  • Become a “Player”: Understand the rules of your field, prioritize your health, relationships, and goals.
  • Start Small: Begin with daily actions, no matter how small, to progress towards your goals.
  • Fight Daily: Embrace the present moment and take consistent actions towards your objectives.
  • Face Your “Mini Bosses”: Identify and overcome challenges that act as stepping stones to your goals.
  • Have an inventory: Keep track of your resources that help you stay organized and prepared for any situation.
  • Create or join a Guild: Build relationships and collaborate with others to achieve greater success and mutual support.

By following these seven principles, you can adopt a Solo Leveling mindset and lifestyle that focus on overcoming obstacles, building strong relationships, and improving yourself continuously to succeed over the long run.

Become your own Sung Jin-woo.

The secret of increase: Here is The Lifelong principle

Here is a simple story to illustrate the principle of knowing the secret of increase. It is famously called The Parable of the Sower:

“Consider this: There was a farmer who went out to sow seeds. As he cast his seeds, some fell along the beaten path and birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell onto the gravel that had no topsoil. The seeds quickly shot up, but when the days grew hot, the sprouts were scorched and withered because they had insufficient roots. Other seeds fell among the thorns and weeds, so when the seeds sprouted, so did the weeds, crowding out the good plants. But other seeds fell on good, rich soil that kept producing a good harvest. Some yielded thirty, some sixty and some even one hundred times as much as he planted! If you’re able to understand this, then you need to respond.”

You are like the Farmer

Farmer planting Seed:
Secret of Increase by Zamai Banje
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The job of every farmer is to have a great harvest. Every farmer is intentional and obeys the laws of the land. This applies to Christians too. You must obey the principles to ensure an increase.

Sadly, many people are still bound because they don’t know these principles. They possess the old mindset which revolves around having ungodly thoughts, wrong philosophy gained from deduction and personal experience.

What is The Secret of Increase

To know the secret of increase, you need to understand the power of God in your life. In John 8:32, Jesus Christ affirms you shall know the truth, and it shall make you free.

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Jesus Christ, John 8:32

There is no increase without freedom. Truth is the access code to freedom. This means if the word of God is the Truth, then the Word is the secret of increase.

Your level of increase does not depend on how long you have been a Christian. Rather, it depends on how much you know about God’s Word and how it impacts your faith and thinking.

The Four States of the Heart

To gain freedom, there must be a hunger and strong appetite for the Word. The parable of the sower shows how we can identify the states of our heart and how to apply the secret of increase.

The seed from the parable is the Word of God, and it’s incorruptible. The potency of the seed can be maximized or minimized on the soil (your attitude). There are four states of the heart. Please do a self-audit as you examine each state:

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1. The Pathway or Wayside Heart

This is the high traffic mind that cannot be still enough to incubate the Word. With the pathway heart, there is no appetite for God’s Word. This happens because the heart is full of personal ideologies and half-truths.

These are people who forget the word immediately they finish hearing it. They are easily distracted and find alternative ways to fill their hearts. This could be social media, Netflix or obsession with work.

What is the Solution if you have a Wayside Heart?

Desire the Word. Be more receptive and intentional. Change your attitude towards receiving God’s Word.

As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.

1 Peter 2:2

2. The Rocky Heart

This is a heart full of emotional reactions. It has a mental assent of the Word without strong conviction. The rocky heart is excited at what is possible but fails to take action.

This set of people usually engage the teachings with emotions. Yet, they forget God’s Word when tribulations and negative circumstances come. When you have a rocky heart, the teachings you receive remain at the head level. The head level is the level of awareness

God’s Word first creates awareness in your head before it brings revelation and faith to your heart. The Power of the Word only comes alive when you move from awareness to revelation and faith.

What is the Solution when you have a Rocky Heart?

Stay in the Word and diligently seek Him.

But without Faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.

Hebrews 11:6

3. The Thorny Heart

This is the heart full of worldly worries, glamorized social media lifestyles and status consciousness.

If your outlook becomes influenced by the affairs of the world, it eventually chokes the Word of God. When you have a thorny heart, you see God as the access to material wealth, rather than the centre of your existence. You begin to see God as a tool, rather than a father.

What do You do if you have a Thorny Heart?

Make God’s kingdom your first priority. Don’t live to please others.

Read this article (INVEST IN RELATIONSHIPS THE RIGHT WAY) to learn the proper way to build relationships.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:33

4. The ‘Good Ground’ Heart

This is the heart that is receptive, amenable and humble. It is open to instruction and desperate for transformation.

When you have the ‘good ground’ heart, you delight in God’s Word and meditate on it daily.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.

But the delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.

He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

Psalms 1:1-3

Final Words

It’s possible to exhibit various states of the heart depending on the situation. Keep vigilant watch over the state of your heart at all times.

Growth will only happen when you locate where you are and move away from there.

Prime Source: Elevation Church Sermon on March 14, 2021.