Technically, this term describes the movement of an object in a skyward fashion
. This is not typically how it's used, though. It is most commonly applied to the movement of an individual through the rigors and challenges of the corporate structure
toward some nebulous and often elusive end goal.
Some become so consumed by the idea of upward mobility that the rest of their life ceases to exist
. This is known as the Downward Spiral
. Upward mobility and the downward spiral conspire to create a viscious cycle
that leaves the individual questioning their identity
. If the downward spiral continues, the individual may lose such important things as family, friends or their mind
. The trick is to balance upward mobility and downward spiral so that the first continues despite the last.