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Are you preparing for what’s next? 3 keys to initiating your level up

Like DJ Khaled, Rick Ross and Gucci Mane, Bad Boy founder, P. Diddy has been on a positive kick as of late.

While positivity is is a refreshing change from the ignorance that usually trends, hearing multimillionaires tell us to suck it up and that no one cares about our problems — though spot on, quite honestly — can become a nag.

This past week, though, Puff said something that resonated with me, tweeting “I need complete focus to execute my next move.”

That got me thinking: is there a preparation process to tapping into your next break?

In the Japanese manga Dragon Ball Z, there is this training room called The Hyperbolic Time Chamber. One year inside the chamber is the equivalent to one day on the outside, with the objective being for someone to get one year worth of intense training in a single day. It was often the preferred method to getting to Super Saiyan expeditiously.

While fantasy, there are similarities to what Diddy tweeted and the purpose of The Hyperbolic Chamber — purposeful intent on ascending to the next level.

Just like we know when it isn’t our time yet to leave and when there’s unfinished business, we also know when we’re ready for what’s next. However, that next level takes some work.

Wanting more for yourself is one thing; in fact, it’s the first and most important thing. But before we elevate we must first position ourselves for flight.

I believe there are three essential keys applicable to everyone that can be used to initiate that next level — a make-shift hyperbolic chamber if you will.

First and foremost our lives need a complete face-lift — we need to switch up our method for different results. Secondly, like Diddy said, to go higher, to break through one ceiling to the next, it takes focus. Lastly, we need to follow through. It takes complete commitment to our process for it to work.

Switch Up

To go where we’ve never gone, we have to do what we’ve never done. Meaning, if we want to reach that next level, we first must have to align our lives accordingly. This takes a change in our daily routine.

A lot of times we get stuck where we are, even though we may be mentally ready and possess the talent because we keep living a life that is below the level in which we’re trying to reach.

If you want to be a world-class athlete, no matter how much raw talent you have, there’s going to be a lifestyle adjustment to inhabit. If you plan on starting your own business there will be certain recreational activities you can no longer partake in — you just won’t have the time. If you want to be in the best shape of your life, you’re not going to keep the same diet. It just doesn’t work that way.

If you’re ready for what’s next and it’s hasn’t happened for you, check your lifestyle and ask yourself if your everyday routine is on the same page with what your ambitions are.


For the characters in Dragon Ball Z it’s a hyperbolic chamber, for Diddy it may be cheesecake. Regardless, you must find a zone to tap into when you’re ready to go to another level.

We can’t expect to simply transition into our elite form; it takes the intentional practice of concentration to do so. We just have to allow ourselves the mindstate to get there.

In what has become an annual tradition on the eve of the postseason opener, LeBron vacates social media to go into what he calls “Dark Mode,” as to block out any noise in his quest for another NBA championship.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that,” James posted to Instagram shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday preceding this year’s playoffs.

Yet, people wonder how LeBron still manages to take his game to another level. It’s the focus.

Follow Through

Probably the most important thing to remember when plotting on leveling up is not releasing pressure. Once we’ve switched up to a routine that locks us in and we’ve zeroed in on the task that needs to be done, or next job is to follow through.

At times, the eagerness of our ambition tends to make us impatient. We either jump on opportunities too quickly without proper judgment or we give up in discouragement.

But the ability to tap into a zone of elevated focus should not be taken for granted — it’s like runners high in the midst of a marathon. Because it’s such a sacred space, we should ride it out until the wheels fall off.

Don’t let what hasn’t come into fruition break the trance of a motivational burst. What you’ll find when you do is that much coveted next level.

You can have the vision, the needed skill-set, and the desire, but until you start behaving like you’re ready until all of your energy goes into what that next level takes, you will be stuck right where you are.

Make sure you’re properly preparing for what’s next.