Being a child must be the best feeling ever. There is no pressure, just a field of hope and aspirations that could be changed on a whim. Kids are the most ambitious creatures on earth.
An average child wants to be a doctor, baker and a superhero, all the while considering a musical career. As we grow older, something not only kills the determination we have to achieve all our goals, leaving us solely with the will to just exist.
Ambition is a strong desire to do or achieve something. It is that thing that keeps you going when you are tired and contemplating the easy alternative.
Having ambition and setting goals is a substantial part of who we need to be as individuals. Whether it is winning a marathon, starting your dream business or dropping a dress size, everything is achievable with the right mindset. If you have lost hold of your ambitions and are struggling to realise your dreams, use these four tips to get back on track.
1. Let your goals inspire you
One thing that kills our childhood dreams and ambitions, which ultimately leads to the lack of our adult ambitions is being steered away from what we are passionate about to what is practical or trending. Do not follow the crowd or imitate the ambitions of friends and families who seem to be doing well in their chosen field. Pursue something that inspires you. This will help in creating a purposeful aura around you that you’d find yourself unable to stop seeing it play out and start putting the right steps to ensure it grows.
2. Set realistic monthly goals and begin working on them
Seeing the big picture is one thing but breaking it into smaller pieces is what shapes the bigger picture. Once you have set your goals, whether for physical, spiritual or career reasons, make sure you further break those goals into sub-goals; steps that will lead you to your goal. These goals should be small and achievable and properly structured with achievable daily targets. What is key in all these is understanding that you need to put in the work. If your goal is to drop a dress size in 6 months, you might decide to make your sub-goals be, cut out sugar in month one, go to the gym 3 times a week in month two, stop eating before 8 am and after 6 pm in month three. All these sub-goals, when achieved will lead to actualizing the overall goal.
3. Be accountable
Tell everyone who is willing to listen, especially those you hate to disappoint, what your plans are and how you intend to achieve them. This will help you add pressure and motivate you to carry on, especially on weary days. What’s more, it also provides mentoring opportunities. The more people you speak to, the better chance you will have of meeting individuals who can enlighten you on how to meet or surpass your targets.
4. Learn from mistakes
Learn from the mistakes of others and yourself. Understand that it is okay to fail. Meeting goals oftentimes is met with bumps, enough bumps to make you question why you attempted it in the first place. This is a crucial part of life and the sooner it is accepted, the sooner you can get back on track. Rather than letting failure bring you down, acknowledge what has happened and learn from it. It will make you stronger in the end.