So, you want to successful, but what does that mean to you? For some it may mean money, fame, or respect from their peers. Our idea of success is shaped by our core values. Acclaimed poet Maya Angelou believed success is about enjoying your work. Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh says success is about living in accordance with your values. Legendary basketball coach John Wooden says it’s a matter of satisfaction. Stephen Covey, the author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People,” says that the definition of success is deeply individual. I think they can all agree that your success is determined by your ambition.
In many ways, your ambition is significantly more important than your talent.
When you are ambitious, you envision your life a certain way that drives you to create the reality that means success to you. Your ambition won’t allow you to become content to settle for less. The dreams you have for your future become meatier aspirations that create a great sense of urgency to act. The sets of actions that will enhance your ability to reach the success you want are:
- To subdue the ambition-suckers: stress, physical and mental illness, unmotivated associates, drugs and alcohol, and no guidance.
- To intensify the ambition-amplifiers: inspirational books, motivating seminars, inspiring associates, and a great life coach!
- To selectively share your ambitions: with people who will support you or with people who are able and willing to give you the constructive feedback you need to follow through with your plan for success.
So once you know what you really, really want… claim it, envision it, and go for it with all you’ve got.