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Ambition, I have come to believe, is the most primal and sacred fundament of our being. To feel ambition and to act upon it is to embrace the unique calling of our souls. Not to act upon that ambition is to turn our backs on ourselves and on the reason for our existence. ~ Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro
Our ambitions are who we are. They’re our souls telling us what we desire most. But without the courage to pursue what we aspire to have and to be, we aren’t truly ambitious. We’re unlike others in that we dream of greater things, but our actions are no different than the man who dreams of nothing.
“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
When many think of ambitions, they think of the man trying to change who he is, or where he is. We think of transformation. We think of the man working harder, getting up earlier and grinding in an effort to change.
However, to be ambitious doesn’t mean we’re running from where we come from or who we are. Rather, we’re reaching our potential. We’re actually becoming what we are capable of becoming. We have the courage to reach for something greater instead of hiding behind the fear, often disguised as comfort or satisfaction, that keeps so many from pursuing what they truly want their lives to be.
“Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.” ~ St. Francis de Sales
Being ambitious is being who and what we are, and being that perfectly.
If our ambitions are who we are. If they’re our soul calling out to us. Then why are so few truly ambitious people?
We’ve all met people who talk as if they’re going to accomplish the world. They talk about the car they’ll have, the wife they’ll have, the LIFE they’ll create. Yet they sleep in until noon. They drink with friends at every opportunity. They complain about where they are in life as if they have no control over what they do or how they think. Read the rest of this entry »