Good Ambition

Dateline: July 31, 2015

Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend.

Ambition can be a good, constructive trait or bad and destructive.  A recent Fast Company article explored the Six Habits of Ambitious People, and the difference in healthy and unhealthy ambition.  Ambition that leads just to competing for competing sake can actually get in the way of achieving goals.

The key is to pursue healthy ambition: “People with a high degree of healthy ambition are those with the insight and strength to control the blind forces of ambition, shaping [it] so that it matches their interests and ideals,” says [Author Neel] Burton. “They harness it so that it fires them without also burning them or those around them.”

The six habits are:

1.  They set goals but don’t share them. …  Psychologists have found that telling someone your goal makes it less likely to happen.

2.  They are willing to take risks. … Ambition takes a willingness to step into fear and anxiety.

3.  They expose themselves to new ways of thinking. … Ambition makes people resourceful.

4.  They are focused on execution. … Ambitious people put the main emphasis on pulling the trigger.

5.  They don’t compete with other people. …  Nothing beats hard work with focus and passion.

6.  They surround themselves with other ambitious people. … The “power of proximity”.

What is your ambitious nature?  How can you focus on ‘healthy ambition’ to reach your goals?

That’s a WRAP!  Have a nice weekend.

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