Getting to the next level

There comes a point where doing more gets less done, where adding responsibility doesn’t enhance your career it hinders it.

Getting to the next level may be about subtraction not addition.

Successful leaders learn the less they do the more they get done.

In my opinion, the single most important thing you can do to get to the next level, if you are already maxed out, is let go of some of the successful activities that got you to this place. Marshall Goldsmith says it this way, “What got you here won’t get you there.”

“What is the greatest obstacle you will face once you have begun achieving your goals and tasting success? I believe it is the ability to let go of what you have so you can reach for something more.” John Maxwell

Continually add to your life and you’ll inevitably reach the point of diminishing returns. You won’t become more successful, you’ll fall apart. Surprisingly, the more you do is not an indication of how successful you are. It’s an indication you’ve risen to your maximum potential.

Getting to the next level depends on stopping things as much as starting, on ending in order to begin.

Two ways to find the next level

#1. Let go of points of security in order to reach for higher potential. Everyone who has started a business understands what #1 means. They’ve let go of the security of a steady income from a job in order to reach for higher, uncertain potential.

#2. Let go of being a “jack of all trades and master of none.” The greater (narrower) your focus the higher your potential to stand out.


If you’ve let go in order to reach a higher level, will you tell us about your experiences?

What other ways could someone find the next level?