‘Owning’ your ambition can be a tricky skill. Ambitious women are still often seen as less likable in the workplace and striving for success is sometimes confused with pushiness or competitiveness. However, if you don’t embrace it, you’ll hold yourself back from achieving your dreams. It’s time to rise above limited thinking and give your ambition its time to shine.
Owning your ambition leads to success.
Stop worrying about what people think
For many women, just worrying about what others will think can sabotage ambitious plans.
For many women, just worrying about what others will think can sabotage ambitious plans. It’s little wonder, given that women with ambition have long been viewed as somehow less feminine. Nothing could be further from the truth and, though the world has come a long way from the patriarchal society of old, it’s important to constantly remind yourself that other people’s attitudes have nothing to do with you.
You know you can be a fantastic parent and still have a successful career. You know you can reach for any goal you wish, no matter how seemingly impossible. When you stop worrying about what people might think of you doing so, it’s amazing how much more energy you have to invest in, and attain, your dreams.
Embrace discomfort to integrate ambition into your life.
Be comfortable with discomfort
Ambition is a desire, a drive or a motivation to achieve something. It’s not a place of comfort. Nobody ever learnt anything by staying in a comfort zone, however, the problem is that it often hurts to stretch ourselves. Why? Mainly, it’s a fear of failure. As adults, we know that failure leads to valuable lessons, in order to try again the right way. This knowledge doesn’t seem to help though, when we’re faced with change.
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What does help is knowing that when you feel discomfort on the path to achieving ambitious goals, it’s a sure sign you’re getting somewhere. Think of it like teething problems, where a bit of pain is a necessary part of growth. Give your ambition the space it needs to keep forging ahead, by embracing temporary discomfort and seeing failure as an often necessary part of success.
Focus on quality, not quantity
Sometimes the very thing that stops ambition, is wanting to do to much. If you’re great at multitasking, for example, you might stretch yourself too thin across numerous areas, without ever focusing on the one that really sings to you. You can’t do or be everything, nor do you have to. Pick the most important goals, focus on them and commit to following through.
That way, you’ll channel your ambition towards living your best life, which is, in fact, ‘owning’ it.