Embracing your ambition and achieving your goals is a challenging yet rewarding process. In my eyes, it’s the door to unlocking your full potential. To pursue your dream, you must be whole-heartedly ready for the challenge. More importantly, you have to be okay with letting yourself fall, so that you can learn, grow and flourish.
1. Look at the bigger picture
Rather than focusing on minor setbacks, try to look at the big picture. When things get complicated, remind yourself why you started in the first place. Worry less about the short-term results such as (long-nights, lengthy-work days, negative feedback, little failures) and begin to imagine the outcome of accomplishing your goals. If you can’t envision yourself reaching your destination, how do you expect to make your dreams come true?
2. Plan and organize your results
Always write down your short-term and long-term goals. Make them specific, timely, and realistic. Then, write down which steps you will take to achieve those goals. It’s hard to achieve something without a plan. Create a compelling and organized plan that will guide help guide you through the process. Identify what challenges you faced, what you would do differently, your accomplishments, how long it took you, etc.
3. Look for ways to improve
The process is never-ending, and the struggle is just beginning. No matter how talented or proficient you are, there’s always room for improvement. Don’t settle for mediocre, instead go above and beyond in everything you do. Go out of your way to acquire as much knowledge as possible, learn new techniques, and cultivate new skills that set you apart from the competition.
4. Welcome discomfort
I know how difficult it can be to step outside your comfort zone and welcome discomfort in your life. Anything that involves putting myself out there scares the crap out of me. But I know that if I ever expect to grow and succeed, I have to do things that make me uncomfortable. You’re the only one stopping you from reaching greatness. Ask yourself how bad you want it?
5. Surround yourself with people who motivate you
The people in your life play a vital role in the person you become. If you surround yourself with people who inspire you or share the same ambition as you, it will only motivate you 10x more. Hang out with people who bring the best out of you, who believe and encourage you, who cheer for your accomplishments, and help you through your hardships. The people who always put you down do not deserve to be in your life or have part of your rise.
6. Listen to your gut
I hear this all the time from professors, mentors, and people who are older and wiser. They all tell me the say thing. No matter what you do in life, you always listen to your gut. The only person who knows what’s best for you is you. Trust your instincts and never let someone else decide your path.