Be ambitious and prosper is a concept that can transform our lives. Sometimes we look at people who are ambitious as being greedy. However, I believe that most people who are ambitious actually have their goals clearly defined and they’re going after them with resolve and determination. There’s nothing greedy about that. That just makes sense. Thus, if we don’t clearly define where we want to go, and develop a plan to get there, then the universe will dictate our destination. Ambition is simply self-determination and it makes all the difference in the world as to why some people live extraordinary lives while others just get by. If you seek to rev up your ambition, and live a better life, then here are some ideas that may help.
Be ambitious and prosper by creating a blueprint for the type of life you desire. In one of my careers, I was a carpenter and a builder. If I wanted to build a new house, I wouldn’t just order a bunch of wood, have it dropped off on an empty lot, and hope that a house would magically appear. I would have to start with a blueprint that shows all the details that would be necessary to build the house. The same thing goes for our lives and our goals. Thus, without a detailed plan, there’s no way to structure a special future.
Ask yourself, “If nothing changes in my life, would I be pleased with where I am five years from now?” If the answer is no, then you need to crank up your ambition. Write down specific goals that would define exactly where you want to be in your life five years from now. Define where you want to your health, your relationships, your career, your finances, and your home to be at that time. Break down those five year goals into the portions you need to accomplish in the next 12 months. Then, narrow that focus to the next 30 days. Make sure the 30 days goals are believable. If not, lower them until you do believe. What you see is what you’ll get. Get pictures of the five year goals and post them where you can see them every day.
Be ambitious and prosper by overcoming fear. Ambitious people have fears. However, they simply realize that they have to fight that urge or it will paralyze them and keep them from accomplishing their goals. What do most people fear? When it comes to success, I believe that most people fear failure. “What if I try something and it doesn’t work out and what will other people think?” Winston Churchill said that “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
Thus, I think that ambitious people turn their fears into positive actions by simply taking more chances. They come to bat more often and don’t fear striking out. They know that the odds are in their favor to prosper, sooner or later, when they take massive action. Babe Ruth was famous for hitting more home runs in his era than any other baseball player. It is also a fact that Babe Ruth had more strike outs than most players of his time. He went from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm until he reached his next success. The following affirmation, stated the first thing each morning and the last thing each night, might help if fear is keeping you from being ambitious:
I always do the most valuable thing first and quickly. I am ambitious and I’m creating a great future.
Be ambitious and prosper is the theme of people who are known as entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur is someone who creates ideas for businesses or companies and then takes action to bring those ideas to life. Thus, it is this pattern of thinking that goes hand-in-hand with being ambitious. If you wish to become more ambitious, you need to think differently. Don’t be average. The average person is bored and broke. Ambitious people realize that they’re 6” away from success. The distance between their ears.
Thus, to think like an entrepreneur, we need to put different thoughts in our minds. The average person will have many more negative thoughts swirling in the mind that positive thoughts. The excess negative thoughts will kill ambition. Reading, the right books, will put the right thoughts in our minds and we’ll find ourselves thinking more like an entrepreneur. The best book I’ve ever read on entrepreneurship is “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. It tells the stories of many entrepreneurs and explains how they became successful. However, don’t just read that book once. Read it at least 3 times in the next year and that will embed some of the valuable ideas in your mind.
Be ambitious and prosper by taking some kind of positive action TODAY. Benjamin Franklin said that there is no day of the week called “Someday.” Thus, ambitious people don’t take a lot of time to analyze opportunities. They don’t wait until they know everything they need to know to take action. Ambitious people don’t wait for the approval of others to get started. They take action NOW. They realize that there is great power in immediate action. In other words, motivated people perform and they do it NOW!
When it comes to success, ambitious people know that a series of small steps can lead to big successes. They don’t spend a lot of time analyzing opportunities. They take action. My family immigrated to America when I was 9. My mother came to the U.S. with no money and no English. Within a few years she had both. She was ambitious and that was reflected in the small, positive actions that she took every day. She would sneak a few minutes of progress, on important goals, every day. In time, her small daily steps added up to big accomplishments.
Be ambitious and prosper by becoming a master at something. Becoming really good at something can help you become more ambitious and can lead to great success. Before I became a paid professional speaker, I gave many free speeches in a short period of time. It was the summer of 2000 when I decided to change my career and become a professional speaker. Thus, I booked myself to give free speeches at Rotary Clubs and Kiwanis Clubs all over San Diego, where I lived at that time.
I gave several each week, perfecting my message by getting audience feedback from each group. As I recall, I gave over 50 free speeches in a matter of 3 or 4 months before someone offered me money to speak. Ever since that time, I have now give over 2,000 paid speeches throughout North America, in the Caribbean, and in England. Thus, the more I focus on making my messages more meaningful, the better I get, and the more ambitious I become. I am constantly working at mastering what I do at a higher level.
Be ambitious and prosper by being careful who you spend time with and from whom you get advice. Our life is the total sum of the five people we spend the most time with and follow. Thus, take a look around and analyze whether the people around you are ambitious and successful. If they are not, and you wish to live a more prosperous life, find new people to spend time with and follow. Identify those people and ask them for advice about your future. Ambitious people are usually honored to give advice to others.
Much of my speaking career has been for the world’s largest organization of CEO’s. It’s called Vistage. CEO’s meet in groups of about a dozen, one day a month, and help each other with ideas on how to have their companies become more successful. Thus, spending time with all of these ambitious CEO’s has had a tremendous influence on the way I think and in my level of ambition. I’ve learned that these people have challenges. However, they consider those as opportunities, take action, and move ahead. I know how valuable it is to spend time with ambitious people.
If you’re not pleased with where you are in life, you’re the only one who can change your future. Follow these simple ideas and see how that improves your ambition and adds prosperity to your future.
“I am a talented, capable, ambitious person! I’m creating a great future for myself!”
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