How to Balance Ambition to Live A Successful Life
Ambition is the livewire of a very successful life. Without ambition, a dream will only be as surreal as it is. When we have ambitions and become ambitious. We dare to strive towards making success our own. This way we would achieve a great deal of our dreams.
But in the end, there is always progress. This is because an ambitious person always puts his goals forward and attempts to walk to them. The efforts at moving close to one’s goals are progress, even if there are failures on the way.
But the downside to ambition is that it may negate other areas of one’s that are critical to building sustainable societies if not properly managed. For instance, in the quest to become the CEO of a multibillion-dollar company, one may be so absolved in his personal goals. That they forget the real, social benefit that his work will bring to society—peace.
One may argue that money, power, or fame is the evidence of the efforts. And is the reward for the sacrifices. But what is good success without peace? Peace, and from an individual’s context – peace of mind, does not come from the best ambition in life. It comes from balancing one’s ambition in life with the opportunities for deeper connections with people.
A successful life is not built on the foundations of self-gratification that come from one’s grander ambitions. Instead, successful life is built on the charitable offering that seeks to sacrifice one’s pleasure for the benefit of others.
That is what has immortalized many founding philosophers across science, art, and literature fields. The foundations of everything we enjoy today is strong. This is because our forefathers understood the balance their works would bring to the generations to come. If we take a cue from them, we can balance our own ambitions and live a successful life.
Put People First
If it is not people-oriented, no matter the idea or ambition, it may not be worthwhile. Everything we do under the sun should have a direct or indirect positive impact on the human race. If our ambitions may cause others to suffer pain. Then it probably may not be worth it. But if they can resonate with others or help others think to desire your ambitions. Then you are on your path to a successful life.
Rank Your Ambitions On A Scale Of Preference
On a scale of helpful to needful, urgent to trivial, or easy-to-achieve to difficult-to-achieve. Rank your ambitions and know which one should take priority in your quest towards a successful life. Chasing after many ambitions at the same time would only drain you. And make you perform sub-optimally. Instead, focus on one ambition at a time according to your set criteria.
Always Check Your Mental Health To Enhance A Successful Life
This point is critical to check your motivation and your motivation levels. The right reasons may drive you to want to become successful in life. But if you suffer a setback and do not recover from it, it may alter some of your values. A good example is trying to get a job done, not minding how the result is achieved. Or being obsessed with your success story that you forget to find new challenges to grow. Always check your mental health to be sure you are not on edge.
It is good to talk to family and friends, as they have historical information about your motivations. But if you do not feel safe discussing some of your challenges with them, you may see a specialist. Your inner peace of mind is as important as the hero you want the world to see you as.
While this point may not have empirical evidence to support it, what choice do you have when you have put in the work and are waiting for a result? Instead of living in anxiety over the outcome of events that you have little or no control over, have faith that everything will work out fine. Chance is also what predetermines your success, and even if it is just 1%, it counts for something – and that is why we should have faith that a miracle could happen.
The right person in need of it will read the proposal. In your own case, the exception from the general rule may be taken. Whatever the situation is, have faith that your ambitions are still valid. And success can take a chance on you, too.