The term “Ambitions” refers to your goals, dreams, purpose and your desires to achieve success…
Achieving your ambitions is not given to everyone. It becomes essential to prepare yourself for your dreams, to plan for success and for obstacles.
1. Prepare yourself for your dreams
To prepare yourself for your dreams, you have to gain in self-awareness.
Who are you? Where are you? What do you want? These 3 questions will help you identify and pursue your ambitions, gain in confidence and in clarity.
Indeed, before going after your dreams, you must be honest with yourself, understand who you truly are and your motivations for your actions. You have to look past your fears, failures and negative emotions. What is going on underneath the surface?
To find out where you are going, it is important to assess your current situation so you know what to modify and what to improve on.
Furthermore, to figure out what you want in the long run, you have to look at everything that you have done and curated for yourself so far.
2. Plan for your dreams
Now that you know yourself better, it is time to size up your ambitions and put them into context. Does your ambition have a specific meaning? Does it have a long life shelf? Is it in service to others? Will it create a legacy? Is is feasible?
It becomes detrimental to plan for your dreams and then plan some more.
You don’t have to rush through the process.
Instead, you can identify yourself as a student and be a student of life. Your curiosity will probe you to ask a lot of questions, especially to the people you admire.
3. Remove potential obstacles
There will be many obstacles in your way but you really have to keep at it. When you think you have remove all obstacles, expect some more.
You may have to explore various opportunities and endure different experiences before attaining your goals. You will have to learn to find people you trust, to move forward when you fail, to select the right opportunities and to preserve your time and energy.
In addition, you will have to get rid of the habits, limiting beliefs and patterns that hold you back. Needless to say, your fears won’t go away on their own.
In case you fail, plan your response to the failure, admit it and be proud for going after your dreams. Failure happens and you must resist the urge to give up.
4. Act on your dreams
You don’t have it all figured out but now you are more self-aware, knowledgeable about your dreams and have a plan. You can start working on your dreams and downloading them into reality.
To stay on track of your dreams, you have to learn to say no respectfully and effectively. Then, you can use your current ambition to build up another one and your failures to focus on your next move.
Furthermore, some ambitions are easy to achieve and others aren’t. Acting on your dreams requires that you make yourself available to people and opportunities that fit your ambitions.
To pursue your ambitions, you are going to need a strong community around you to keep you sane and on track. To find a community, you have to get to know people, take up genuine interest in others and their ambitions, be available and present.
There is no need to compare yourself to others, to seek outside validation or permission. There are a million different ways to achieve your goals.
Dream Big: Know What You Want, Why You Want It, and What You’re Going to Do About It by Bob Goff is written for people who always suspected that there is more to their life, who wish to acquire success principles, to make real moves, who are serious about their dreams and want to advance them.
Dream Big: Know What You Want, Why You Want It, and What You’re Going to Do About It will help you reframe your mindset, especially if you are used to dreaming or having your dreams shut down. It doesn’t have all the answers but definitely motivates and shares good success principles.
Using his personal experiences as support, Bob Goff does not introduce us to new life principles. However, he provides us with a different, positive and sincere perspective on success that can inspire people.
It is strongly faith-based. Even though your system of belief lies elsewhere, you can always extract valuable principles from this book.
This book will help you get unstuck, on your way to executing your dreams and tending to your own fire.
Never give up on your dreams!
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Make no mistake, identifying and pursuing your ambitions is going to take a lot of courage and clarity.
[…]there is massive power in self-awareness. Don’t overlook or underestimate it. It’s not indulgent to spend some time reflecting on your life; in fact, it’s foolish not to.
Life can be delightfully wonderful, and it can also be punishingly difficult.
The path to your ambitions is not one long race; it’s a series of wind sprints that eventually covers the distance of a marathon.
Who you are right now is an accumulation of all you’ve done and all that’s happened to you. Some beliefs have limited you; perhaps you’ll discover more that will launch you.
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