I am not a “gamer,” nor am I into “gamification”—which means to creatively apply game-design thinking to non-game applications, an out-of-the-box endeavor—but I have a dear friend and colleague, Ann Dorgan, who is. Ann is a senior facilitator and leadership coach at Bluepoint Leadership Development.
Several weeks ago, we were training a group of executives and Ann kept on using the phrase “leveling up,” as in, “Thank you for leveling me up,” and, “How are you leveling up?”
In the gaming world, leveling up means to raise the bar, to move to the next, more difficult level. Each time she used the phrase, I thought about it. How am I leveling up my life? How am I leveling up the expectations I have on myself? And then I started thinking about my peer group. Am I playing with a group that is consistently raising my game? Are they helping me level up?
Business philosopher and motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously, said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” I truly believe that. We are the sum of our core peer group. Hopefully, those five people in your life inspire you, motivate you, and are committed to helping you be your very best whatever it is that you aspire to. Hopefully, they are helping you level up. And hopefully you are helping them be their very best as well.
If you aren’t in a peer group that is helping you level up, perhaps it’s time to level up your peer group.