How to Be Ambitious?
- Ambition is steep in self-confidence or a belief in our potential
- Look for ways to jump out of your comfort zone
- Visualize where it is you want to be and make plans to get you there
- Do not wait for opportunities to present themselves
- Kick those doors down,
- Find the right people who get it and understand what it is you are trying to achieve.
In addition to leaving your comfort zone and visualizing where it is you are heading, there are dozens of steps you can take. Enhancing your layer of ambition is not a single step, and it does not happen overnight. Instead, it is a process that requires consistency and dedication over time.
No one action is better than the other. You have to choose those things that work best for your temperament, aligns well with your goals and will enable you to succeed.
Develop a Positive Mindset That Leads to Success
There are those who will tell you that not every ambitious person achieves success. Others will advise you that in addition to ambition, you must have a positive mindset to succeed.
Establishing a positive mindset can have a significant effect on your ambitious journey. It will require you to:
- Understand the Why – Know why you are doing what you are doing from establishing goals to what it is that is driving your ambition and take time out to remind yourself.
- Appreciate Your Worth – Believing in yourself is just one piece of the ambition pie but a vital ingredient for maintaining a positive mindset. You must find a way to get to the place where you are happy and in sync with your ambitious drive.
- Learn to Stay Calm – Learn to identify those things that are within your control and which situations are outside of your control.
Learn To Recognize Negative Thinkers
You must prepare yourself for negative thinkers and talkers who will try to deter you from being overly enthusiastic about your goals. Ignore their reactions and negative energy. You may even need to consider removing these people from your inner circle.
Negative people generally possess the following characteristics:
- Pessimists – Keep an eye out for those individuals who cannot recognize that the cup is half full. Pessimists can weigh you down and distract you from positive thoughts. They will often see the worst in every scenario and convince you that the worst is about to happen.
- Complainers – Complainers, whiners, Debbie-downers…these folks are loud and have a mentality that everything is wrong with the world and no one understands them or what they are trying to do with their life. Be careful not to allow these folks to fill your ear with their gripes.
- No Sense of Purpose – Some people lack purpose or drive and will not understand your endless sense of determination.
- Critics – Negative people are often the most prominent critics. They can find fault in just about anything, and they will find fault in what you are trying to do. Take caution not to give any energy or to participate in the drama these individuals will bring to the table.
Continue To Set SMART Goals
Goals should be SMART, and you should establish a frequency in which you evaluate and update those goals. While your goals should enable you to stretch, your ultimate goal should be not to break. Goals must have the following characteristics (Source):
- Specific: Goals must be specific or simple, sensible and significant. Your goals should clearly describe what it is you are planning to do.
- Measurable: Your goals should be measurable, meaningful and motivating. Goals must have a tangible quality.
- Achievable: The goal you set must be attainable or within reach. If you set the bar too high, you may increase the risk for failure. Keep in mind that you should have the knowledge, skills, and ability to knock that goal out of the park.
- Realistic and Results-Focused: Keep your goals grounded in reality. Your goals should align with specific outcomes and not necessarily the work you will do to get there. This requirement means that the goal we choose must be somewhat in step with the reality of our lives. Yes, you can set goals that challenge you to grow, but it also has to be realistic.
- Time: You must attach a timeframe to your goal. Timeframes prompt us to move with a purpose towards achieving results. Without prescriptive qualities, goals might be left open with no specific outcome.
Remember to make the time to evaluate and reflect on your goals. Permit yourself to make adjustments as you conquer your goals. As you complete each one, celebrate your successes no matter how big or small.
Build Your Network
Some of us are not so great at creating networking. Here are five things you might try the next time you go to an event or seize a networking opportunity:
- Establish a plan of action: Make sure you are very clear about the kind of people you are looking to add to your network.
- Consider finding a mentor: Find someone you want to be like, study the person, ask for an initial meeting, evaluate do you want to spend more time with this person? Let the relationship evolve organically
- Network frequently: Seize opportunities to network even when you do not necessarily have a specific need. Sometimes we wait in a particular need to attend networking events when in reality, we should keep our options open. Waiting until we have an absolute necessity can be frustrating and frankly, it may prove off-putting to a potential connection.
- Keep your options open: Be careful not to appear desperate or tied to an agenda. Keep your options open by being approachable. You never know who is watching or hovering in the background that might prove to be your best connection yet.
- Identify how you might be useful to others: Introduce yourself, identify what it is you do then ask how your knowledge, skills, and abilities might be useful to that other person.
- Follow through: If you manage to make a connection at a networking event or on a social media platform like LinkedIn and you promise to follow-up later, take the time to keep your word.
Do Those Things that Support Your Strengths
Know your strengths and use them to your benefit. We are taught throughout our childhood to work on fixing our weaknesses. By the time we reach adulthood, some of us become conditioned to only focus on those things that we are not so great at doing, rather than spending a little time getting better at what we are good at doing.
Spending time challenging ourselves to become better at what we do well can be a fantastic self-confidence and self-esteem booster. Think of those strengths as the foundation of who you are and all that you do well. The good news here is that you cannot overdo it and it will serve as fuel to building your ambition.
Do not fall victim to believing that to be ambitious you have to work within the confines of some expectation. Ambitious people often have to think outside of the box to achieve their goals. Be prepared to encounter rejection and ready to try something else that bucks the trend.
Build a Comfort Level for Self-Sufficiency
Remember to ditch those excuses and do not participate in the blame game when things go wrong. Be humble and acknowledge your errors. Trust that your ambition will pull you out of the temporary hole and move you towards success.
Be mindful and self-aware. Live in the now. Do not relive past failures or lament about yesterday’s mistake. Instead, use every minute that you have at this time leverage lessons learned to garner a positive outcome.
Do Not Quit
Who said ambition is easy? Ambition will undoubtedly cast you into situations that are uncomfortable and daunting. Voices in your head will call to you to throw in the towel and give up. Do not walk away. Ignore those voices in your head and do not give in to your fear of failure. Trust your talent and swim in the opportunity test your strengths and abilities.
Ambitious people always have passion about whatever it is they are doing. Keep an eye out for opportunities to improve what you are doing or ways to improve upon yourself.
Compete with Yourself
Competition is healthy and competing with yourself is also beneficial for your mental wellness. You have probably heard this suggestion before, but you may not feel clear about what it means.
Competing with yourself is all about pushing yourself to do work harder –but in a good way. When we compete with others, we do not get to enjoy the rewards of hard work. Instead, we spend time in a constant battle with trying to get ahead and we do not get to learn a whole lot from the experience.
Competition with self changes the pace of things, and we have a few moments to jot down a few lessons learned along the way.
Check out these tips for healthy competition with self.
- Establish Your Baseline – To compete with yourself, you have to know what your foundation or starting point is and build from there. Once you know your baseline, you can establish goals that encourage you to exceed expectations.
- Ignore the Noise – If you are an entrepreneur, it is quite easy to fall into the trap of concerning yourself with what your competitors are doing. Industry averages are beneficial to know about on a broader scale, but they should not drive your actions. The best thing you can do is to aim for surpassing your baseline performance in sales and customer service rather than paying too much attention to what is happening in your competitor’s sandbox.
- Ditch the Fear – This piece of advice yet another repetitive theme throughout the road to ambition but we have to repeat it to ourselves more than once. Competition with self requires that we ditch the fear and thoughts about failure. We must plan for leaping out of that proverbial comfort zone and prepare to hop mulitple times as growth happens throughout the competition process.
Improve Your Self-Esteem
Finally, work on your self-esteem. Your self-esteem is the key to your emotional and mental well-being. Your self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-confidence are all related and can make or break your ambitious efforts.
What can you do to repair your self-esteem?
- Identify your strengths: Once we know what it is we are good at in life, we can continue to build on it rather than spending time obsessing over our weaknesses.
- Practice mindfulness: mindfulness meditation helps to promote self-awareness, improving our capacity to be assertive and engaged in the here and now.
- Help others: Sometimes volunteering our time or acting as a caregiver to others helps us to appreciate who we are and what we have.
- Learn to live in the now: The choice to live in the now will enable you to appreciate your surroundings and to make decisions.
- Celebrate positive moments: Celebrate your successes no matter how small.
- Use positive affirmations: Do not minimize this exercise or chose generic affirmations. Choose statements that are relevant, believable and applicable to your end goal.
- Accept positive feedback: Use this positive feedback to fuel your ambition. Treat it as your reward.
- See a therapist who can help you build your self-worth.
The Meaning of Ambitious [Summary]
Being ambitious enable you to succeed and achieve great things. If you are hoping to improve your ambition gene, you must seek opportunities that allow you to be a risk-taker. Back your ambition up with talent. Seek out opportunities that help you grow personally and professionally.
Ambition will rocket you closer to achieving your dream, but knowledge, skills, and abilities will keep you there.
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