It is often seen as something to be proud of – or a personal quality that would ensure “success”, whatever that is… but it’s all so hypothetical and future-dwelling.
I say it’s time to put ambition on hold and be inspired in the moment.
Ambition involves competition and therefore comparison to others, with that comes fear of not being “first”, resentment, envy and self critique hammering on self esteem the success of ambition is measured through unhelpful comparison to the perceived superiority or inferiority of others and their achievements.
Contrastingly, aspiration dispenses with the external yardsticks and focussed inwardly on personal potential and the realisation of growth.
In moments of mindfulness, we can uncover how we really feel, now in the present and see what we want. The answer will likely be far less complicated than that ambitious road or destination fraught with limits set by others. It might look simply like ‘I want to feel I contribute to a better community’ or ‘I want to express my creative ideas’ or ‘I want to be a dedicated parent’ or ‘I want to provoke change in my area of interest’ and so on. It is a place of harmony within yourself and not some convoluted series of comparisons with others.
How much time do we spend in comparison – driven by ambition – when we could already be breathing in our inspiration and breathing out as we aspire?
Breathe in, Breathe out… is literally to inspire, aspire…