Well, complacency or sticking to their comfort zone didn’t get them there for sure. Then what possibly could be the driving force behind their successful endeavors in life?
I’ll tell you what it is. It’s called ambition.
As I write this blog post, I am well aware that the word ambition gets a lot of flak from the naysayers, and they try painting it with colors of greed and selfishness.
However, in my opinion, it’s your ambition that helps you achieve amazing things in life. There is no success without a soul-stirring desire to achieve something, which we also call ambition.
Let’s try exploring why ambition is so important for your life, but before we do that, it's a good idea to understand what ambition really is. Because unless you are not clear about your ambition definition, you cannot understand how valuable it can be to your life path.
WHAT DOES AMBITION MEAN?
Ambition can mean and signify different things for different people. Everyone perceives it differently; hence it’s a good idea to take help from a dictionary to look at the official definition.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ambition as “an ardent desire for rank, fame or power.” In simpler words, ambition is your passionate desire to accomplish great things in life. What those great things are, differs from person to person. That's why everyone you meet will have their own perspective on ambition.
WHY IS AMBITION IMPORTANT?
Ambition is your insatiable hunger to get ahead in life, to get consistently better and to eventually reach your highest potential.
Can you imagine a life without ambition?
Where you do everything without a drive or eagerness to get better than who you currently are.
Unfortunately, that’s a mental state with which the majority of people live, and that’s why they achieve nothing substantial in any area of their life.
Here are a few more solid reasons why ambition is so important for your life experience.
AMBITION IS CRUCIAL FOR MOTIVATION
Ambition and motivation go hand in hand. One cannot exist without the other, and vice versa. Ambition is the driving force behind the actions you take to achieve something in your life, whereas motivation works as fuel for your ambition. It keeps you going even on days when you feel like giving it all up to complacency.
So, unless you don’t have an ambition to really strive for, I don’t care how motivated you feel — you will end up nowhere!
AMBITION DRIVES PERSONAL GROWTH
In the starting paragraph of this blog, I briefly talked about people who keep on achieving great things, and with each accomplishment, their zest for life keeps compounding.
Such an attitude towards life doesn’t come easily. It takes time, skill and consistency. And that’s where ambition helps you big time.
Ambitious people love going all in for their goals in life. They invest in their personal growth because they know that it will be a major contributing factor to their success.
AMBITION HELPS YOU OVERCOME SETBACKS
A great synonym for ambition is purpose. When you have a strong purpose in life, it acts like a magnet. Sometimes that purpose is so powerful that it can pull you out from the biggest setbacks in your life.
Failure is as much a part of life as success is. In fact, some would argue that you would fail more times in life than you would ever succeed. So, does this mean that we stop striving for our goals? NO!
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
— Robert F. Kennedy
You just need an ambition (a mighty, powerful one) to pull you through those momentary failures and get you back on track.
How to feed your Ambition?
Your ambition is like a voracious beast. To keep it alive and make it thrive, you have to keep feeding it. Here are two powerful hacks to massively build and develop your ambition:
Set Exciting Goals
Goal setting is fantastic. It helps you organize your life, develop a perspective and gives you something to look forward to. Without goals, you really are just like a clueless hamster on a wheel.
So, it’s super important that you set goals that really excite you. Your life goals should be so grand and interesting that every time you think about your future goals, you should get a chill of excitement down your spine.
A great way to gain clarity on your goals and stay committed to them is through the use of a vision board. Our company has created a magazine vision board kit for folks like you to get down and dirty with your goal-setting. This Kit has everything you need to create a grand vision for your life. Engaging activities, stunning images, powerful words and habit trackers — it has everything to make sure that you not only set some amazing goals but ace them too.
Sit With Ambitious people.
Because we are social creatures, we draw our ideas and inspiration from the people we surround ourselves with.
Your company can affect your thought patterns, shift your perspectives about the world and can even make you believe in new things. In short, the people you spend time with have a huge part to play in the unfoldment of your life path.
So, if your goal is to be a highly ambitious person, you have to be among those who share the same passion for life. Their infectious energy will affect you one way or the other. You will learn lessons in resilience and persistence, and the best part about being surrounded by such amazing folks is that they are going to catch you whenever you fall off the track.
If you make some effort in choosing the right set of people to hang around with, you will see that your hunger and drive for life will continue to increase because those awesome people will play a huge role in keeping it alive.