Go Ahead, Be Ambitious!

How ambitious should you be?

Ron Carucci wrote a great piece in the Harvard Business Review addressing this very question.

Strive for a healthy level of ambition.

Give yourself permission to reframe ambition as your professional aspiration and focus on your performance, growth, and achievements. Strive for your personal best to achieve rewards that you seek from the hard work you do.

Ambition action plan.

Check out these success habits of ambitious people from Kristina Udice’s insightful piece in Fairygodboss.

1) Set goals.

Set actionable goals for yourself and find accountability partners to keep you on track.

2) Take risks.

Ambitious people are not afraid to take risks and make mistakes. Failing forward is an investment in your growth and illustrates your ability to be resilient.

3) Invest in yourself.

You are your most valuable investment. Investing in yourself isn’t just about spending your money. Take time for yourself. Get enough sleep. Make yourself a priority, and others will see you as one.

4) Eliminate negativity.

Negativity is your enemy — both from the outside world and from within. Negativity only holds you back; it keeps you from seeing the positivity and the prospects on the horizon. Don’t tear yourself or your work apart. Don’t compare yourself to others. Work on yourself and your goals and what you want to accomplish and keep that end in sight. Your biggest competitor is yourself and no one else. Strive to be better than you were yesterday.

5) Don’t wait.

If you keep waiting, you’ll never accomplish your goals. If you keep saying tomorrow, tomorrow will never come. You can’t expect great things to happen when you’ve done nothing to work for it. Being ambitious means pushing yourself, fighting for what you want, and not taking “no” for an answer. You must make things happen, or your career and life will happen by default.

6) Surround yourself with healthy ambitious people.

Surround yourself with people who will lift you up, people who will stretch you like they push themselves, and people who know what they want and are willing to fight for it. We often surround ourselves with people who share similar qualities and habits. If you want to keep working toward your goals, you need people around you who are doing the same.

Celebrate your ambition.

By putting your professional goals out into the world, you are more likely to create opportunities that align with your values because others will have a clear expectation of what you want. Take pride in your ambition and own it with a humble confidence that is professionally palatable and will position you to be considered for the new opportunities you seek.

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