• The word “ambition” is a noun however there is a feeling of movement behind its definition.  Ambition is the desire to achieve something that requires real determination and work without being stifled by the work required.

    Many people would look at that definition and say to themselves, “I desire to achieve _____”  and then totally ignore the “something that requires real determination” part.  At that point, it’s just a desire with zero ambition driving it.  It’s a flat goal, one dimensional.

    There is no short cut to achievement, only the long cut.  The long cut will ultimately turn into the shortest route possible.  Otherwise, you’re dealing with a longER path.  Constantly trying to find a shorter path could literally land you right back where you started.

    You know that you want to do more, accomplish more, be more and that you don’t truly want to sit on the couch and watch TV but you’re tired.  It was a long day and things happen, a lot of things happen.

    But you still say you’re ambitious.  Prove it!

    I’ll ask you again, are you ambitious?  What drives you?  What do you dream about?

    6 steps toward becoming ambitious

    1.  Set Goals and don’t share them

    Psychologists have found that by telling someone your goal, your brain responds as if it is already accomplished, some sort of “social reality”.  Trickery of the brain.  Since you have already felt the satisfaction, there is no burning desire to accomplish that goal.  This might sound counter intuitive but make a little shift in your thinking here.  Only share you ambitious goals with someone who is committed to you and your success, an accountability partner or a mastermind team.

    1. Be willing to take risks

    How many times have you heard this?  The truth is, you take risks every day in areas that you feel comfortable in or skilled in already.  Let’s change the word “risk” into exploration or experimentation.  It just a mindset shift, a small paradigm shift.  You probably don’t remember when you were young and everything you did was a risk.  You had no choice but to walk into that kindergarten class and make friends because your mother pushed you in there and closed the door.  Sounds scary just thinking about it!

    1. Accept new ways of thinking

    Just because your friend didn’t vote for the same political leader you did, doesn’t mean that either one of you is wrong.  Ambitious people are not consistently influenced by groupthink.  Have you ever actually looked up the definition of “groupthink”?

    noun NORTH AMERICAN - the practice of thinking or making decisions as a group in a way that discourages creativity or individual responsibility.

    Notice the last part; “discourages creativity or individual responsibility".  Hmmm, I’m going to guess that stifling your creativity or individualism is not something you want in your vocabulary.  Instead, be curious about other’s differences, it may present unexpected opportunities for growth.

    1. Put more focus on execution than strategy

    Get it done!  By definition, it makes sense to be an executor than a strategist.  Strategist never get anything done!  Don’t get me wrong here, research, planning and preparation are valuable activities, but at the end of the day, without execution, nothing else matters.  Maybe this should be coupled with #2.  “Explore possibilities by executing instead of planning.”

    1. Compete solely with yourself

    Don’t compare yourself with others.  It can be paralyzing and depressing if you allow it.  World record holding athletes will often say that their goal was to simply beat their best record to date.  Think about this deeply, why would you compete with anyone but yourself?

    1. Make friends with ambitious people

    Jim Rohn always said: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”  Have you ever been out to dinner with your in-laws or potential in-laws and noticed how they all seem to order the same dish or something similar and you get the exact opposite?  (You order a salad and they all order meat and potatoes or you order a sandwich and they all order a hot meal).  Then, you switch and go out to dinner with your family and your significant other.  You notice that your significant other seems like the odd ball out.

    There are many more references in life to how over time you become the average of the people you hang out with the most.  If you want to lose weight, hang out with people who naturally make good food choices when you’re around them.  If you want to make more money, hang out with people who are naturally ambitious and making the type of money you want to make.  If you want to run a marathon, hang out with people who currently run marathons.  It’s simple, really.  Hanging with people who are doing what you aspired to do just drives your forward!  Couple with tip with tip #5 and you have a recipe for super success.

    Be ambitious, work for it and dream about it! 

    With Gratitude,