“a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.”
When we look at the definition of ambition, the words that jump out to us are often the obvious ones, yet we seem to overlook the words that we should really be taking into account. Are you thinking of the same words? When you read that definition does your mind right away notice the words “determination” and “hard work”? Of course those are very important aspects when we are trying to reach success or a goal that we have laid out in front of us. And no doubt they are the two factors that will perhaps result in our success or failure of whatever it is we want to accomplish. Yet, when i read that definition, the words that stand out to me are different, the words that draw my attention right away, as you’ve guessed it, are “strong desire”.
Now you might be thinking well its nice if you have a strong desire to do something, but that hard work and determination are what you need to focus on. But lets take a moment to really dive into having ambition and what it means to different people. Many people today aren’t as ambitious as they should be due to one factor. Its not that they don’t work hard, or that they don’t have enough determination, it simply comes down to WHY they want to do what it is they are doing. You might be determined and work very hard to pass that test you have coming up, but whats after that? Are you back to taking it easy? only having to work that same level of concentration again later when you need it? Or will you keep that level of hard work and studying up? You see many people are often surprised by how much they can do when they put their minds to the task at hand. Many have gone from thinking its “impossible” to “wow..i did that”. We might not verbalize it, but we will definitely be thinking it when we accomplish that task. So why is it that we cant do that for everything that comes up? Well it comes down to your desire, and how strong it is when it comes to choosing to chase something.
When athletes go into events or start their training routine, we might think they have it easy or that they are really talented, so that’s probably why they win so much. But no, its the hard work they put in when we don’t see them, its also their desire, the one pushing them to keep going when others stop or when others take a break. Sure they may be working hard, but your desire is what it comes down to. if you really want to win, and i mean win and better yourself, you aren’t going to stop because you’ve done more than that other person, you will keep going to better yourself and to reach that goal. Reggie Jackson struck out 2,600 times but hes recognized for his home runs. Not the strike outs. Do you think his desire was hindered by the failure he ran into? or was he phased and continued to do his best regardless of what obstacle he ran into?
But lets use an example that we regular non athletes might run into much more often, lets say we want to improve our health, or physical appearance. Do we put in the amount of work worthy of the change that will occur? Or do we go to the gym here and there and hope our body will somehow suddenly change for us. are we constantly thinking about our meals and the preparation that goes into working hard even on days where we might want to stay at home and watch that new episode on Netflix? or are we quick to skip our plans and what effort we would have put in only to hangout with our friends and enjoy the social activities that enticed us to leave our goal? see when we start to develop a strong desire to do something, we always put it first, we always stick to our plans and to reach that goal our desire must keep us moving. when we give up easily or when we procrastinate it teaches our body, and we develop habits around that mental thinking, that there will always be tomorrow, or next week, or we put in enough hard work already so we deserve a break. our mind will begin to convince us that we don’t need to eat healthy, or maintain a daily exercise routine, because we can always do that later. Our desire needs to be strong enough to pull us towards our goal.
When thinking of something we want to do or want to succeed at, its important to keep in mind our ambition will play a big part. It might be our secular job, our exercise routine, or simply wanting to find a career we love. All of these areas are where our ambition will make a major impact, so take your time, work hard and be determined but most importantly have that strong desire to commit and finish what it is you are pursuing regardless of the hurdles or challenges that come your way.