When you think of the word “ambitious”, what are some other words that immediately come to mind? It is power? Is it wealth? Maybe it’s success. All of these would be true. However, what we like about the word is that it’s also tied into another definition: reaching a specific goal.
You might want to start a company. You might want to lose weight. Or you may simply want to find ways to be a better mother, wife, and friend. And you know what? The beauty in all of these goals it that no one is any less ambitious than the others. It’s all about thinking about how you’d like your life to look and then putting steps in place in order to get to where you want to be.
This is what it means to be truly ambitious and here’s how you can become that way in your own life.
1. Set short and long-term goals
Sometimes, it can be easy to get overwhelmed when trying to reach a goal because it’s such a BIG one. Try and look at it this way: If you determined in your mind that you were going to run cross-country, you might already feel defeated before you even began. But if instead you said, "I am going to try and walk ten miles a day," while it would still require work, focus, and self-discipline, it would become much more feasible and easier to accomplish. That’s why it’s always important to set short and long-term goals when it comes to all of the things that you want to do.
2. Do things you've never tried before
The way that we grow and become better people is to take risks. The best way to do that is to step outside of your comfort zone. And the best way to do that is to attempt something you’ve never done before. If you’ve never gone glamping (glamorous camping), try it. If you’ve never been overseas, get your passport. Or it could be something as simple as never trying a new food. If you haven’t had quinoa before, cook it. The world is a really big place filled with so much opportunity. Don’t stay in your same old routine. Add a few risks into the equation. More times than not, it pays off.
3. Learn something new
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Whether you didn’t go past your high school diploma or you have three or four degrees, you can still always learn something new. If you work in a corporate setting, speak with your manager or supervisor about if they have any training courses or seminars that will be made available to their staff that directly relate to your position. If you work from home, websites like Skillshare offer training in all sorts of fun and interesting things for a minimal fee. Or if you don’t know how to swim, crochet, or tap dance---sign up for a class. Learning something new will automatically make you feel more ambitious.
4. Get a mentor
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One of the best ways to reach a goal is to get wise counsel from someone who has already done it. It doesn’t matter if you are a first-time mom or you dream of becoming a corporate mogul, seek out an individual who you feel is already successful in the areas you want to be and ask if they would be willing to mentor you. It’s a good way to get great advice and some much-required accountability too.
The benefits that come from traveling are literally innumerable. By choosing to expose yourself to new people and cultures, it helps you to have a greater appreciation for the differences while expanding your personal world view. Plus, there are lots of people who end up going to a place and discovering what their true purpose is and/or the city/country where they really feel most at home. Also, if you have kids, travel, especially international travel, can do wonders for them. That’s because they are able to learn languages and information much quicker than adults.
6. Create a "my definition of success" mission statement
This last tip could have just as easily been the first! In order to make sure that you reach your goals, it’s always smart to clearly articulate what they are, which is what you are able to do better with the help of a mission statement. It doesn’t have to be long. Just a few lines that states what your goal is, why you want to reach that goal and the time frame you’d like to achieve it in. For tips on how to pen a personal mission statement, click here.