You need to find something that motivates and drives you to be ambitious. Some people may be more naturally ambitious, but that isn’t to say that everyone can’t be ambitious. To help you be more driven, here are 6 common habits of ambitious people:
Set Goals but Don’t Share Them
Ambitious people are very goal-orientated, as they are always working towards something. But according to entrepreneur Derek Sivers having a healthy ambition also means keeping your goals private.
Phycologists have found that telling someone your goals makes it less likely to happen. During a study, they found that telling someone your goals can trick your brain into ‘social reality’, which is the mind tricking itself into feeling that the task is already done. It does this because when someone acknowledges the idea your brain feels satisfied. Because you’ve already felt the satisfaction you are less motivated to do what is actually necessary to achieve it.
Willing to Take Risks
To be ambitious you need to be willing to push yourself, even if this involves feelings of fear or anxiety. You will never be innovative or do anything new if you don’t at least attempt to push the boundaries.
Expose Themselves to New Ways of Thinking
Ambitious people expose themselves to new ways of thinking, the trick is to get out of the general way of thinking. This can be done through talking to and learning from people who are different from you. This types of experiences allow us to grow as people – sometimes in unexpected ways.
Focused on Execution
People tend to spend too much time on building their skill set and researching solutions and possibilities. And whilst this is still important, the execution of whatever you do should be the main priority. The execution is essentially the same as pulling the trigger, it’s the thing that matters most. Without the execution of projects, you won’t get things done.
Don’t Compete with Other People
Ambitious people don’t tend to compete with other people, as your biggest competitor should be yourself. You should always be trying to one-up yourself and this will aid in drive and motivation. Always strive to be the best version of you that you can be.
Surround Themselves with Other Ambitious People
We are similar to the people we choose to be around. If you surround yourself with unmotivated people, then chances are you’ll start to pick up some of their negative habits. Surround yourself with ambitious people and you can find role models, friends, and even mentors.
Surrounding yourself with people less intelligent than you may make you feel better about your own knowledge. But it is not going to push and motivate you.