I have an idea!! A goal!! A dream!! It's piping hot and I just can't sit still with excitement for this brand new, scary, energizing dream I want to achieve!
Everyone has felt the effects of an ambitious mind, ready to tackle new projects with an energy source that puts the energizer bunny to shame.
Then, somewhere down the road, things become sluggish. You're pushing, pushing, pushing but the results are just not as spectacular as they once were. You may be bored, overwhelmed or tired, just trying to complete the day to day tasks to keep things moving.
Most everyone has felt the stagnant air of lost ambition.
Sometimes what you started may not lead you where you want to go. Other times, you just need a recharge of your ambition batteries, rebooting the enthusiasm about your dreams.
Having been in both situations on repeat again and again, I have shared my best tips for maintaining and rekindling the ambition you once had for your dreams.
Determine the Outcome
Being stuck in a rut can be quicksand for any dreamer's ambition. Too often, tasks and decisions pile up because our dream has no true focus, no finish line. By seeing the final outcome of your dream, you can work backwards to create a plan of action.
With the outcome in mind, your decisions will be streamlined and focused to reach the outcome you have decided for yourself.
Maintaining Ambition is 20% pushing forward and 80% being able to see where your dreams will take you.
Mel Robbins 5 Second Rule
Ambition can be directed by how we feel about our ability to achieve and accomplish our dreams.
Mel Robbins 5 Second Rule takes your self doubt out of the equation and focuses on making a decision in the moment.
Her secret hack to staying motivated and maintaining her ambition each day is incredibly simple and powerful. When she feels pressured or unmotivated to act in a way that is true to herself, she counts down from 5, redirects herself and pursues that positive action.
I need to wake up an hour before the kids to give time for self care.
Alarm goes off
5…..4…..3….2….1…. I'M UP!
No procrastination, no negotiation, simply doing the exact thing you set out to do. Try this the next time you need to make that important business phone call, have dreaded paperwork (TAXES!!) or just need the rocket boost to get yourself back in to gear. It could change your life!
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Show Gratitude for your Progress
I think everyone, at one time or another, has lost their focus on a dream. You look up, see the chaos and reality of your life during your busiest season and wonder why you are even fighting anymore. You may even consider quitting your dream all together.
I can't stress enough the value you are bringing by fighting hard for what you want. Behind your obstacles and barricades is fulfillment and joy unmatched by your current situation.
When an obstacle has you frustrated, tired and ready to throw in the towel, take a moment to show gratitude for how far you have come.
Show gratitude for the tiny seed of an idea that you have been able to grow! Taking time to reflect and appreciate where you are today can show you that you are capable of more than you even know.
Redirect and Refocus
I love sharing my big dreams and goals with my family and friends. Having an amazing support system can keep you on the right track and chugging along with little resistance.
Unfortunately, sometimes those well meaning friends and family can give advice or have specific ideas of how things should look that we start down a path that isn't going to work for us, unaware that it might not be right for us. It makes reaching our goals 1000x harder when we are not being authentic to what we believe or want.
Stop the projects that feel forced, unauthentic or that lead you down a dead end road.
Maybe its a custom project someone asked you to create for them that goes beyond your business's scope. Determine if what you are about to do works with what you want for your future self. If it doesn’t, move on and leave the opportunity for something great to take its place!
You will feel the shift in energy when you have found the projects, tasks and vision that are genuine to your goals.
Your creative juices will flow again and your progress will double, triple or even quadruple compared to the time you were spending on things that just didn't resonate with you.
Now is the time to rekindle your ambition, take a leap in to the next chapter of your story! Believe in yourself and you can make this thing happen!
Did you find this encouraging?
Please comment below how you plan to maintain your ambition and move up to the next level of your dream.