Are you ambitious?

Happy Monday. What are you looking forward to today? Do you see yourself as an ambitious person? What exactly does ambition mean to you? For most, it can mean that they want to get through the day without losing their cool with their colleagues, for others it will mean reaching a sales Target or then again it could mean reaching a self- imposed goal of being fitter or healthier than they were yesterday. Whatever the goal, the results can be quantified relatively and subjectively.

Ambition is defined as ” a strong desire to do or achieve something” or having “desire and determination to achieve success”.

This begs the question: “What is success, and what does it look like to you?” I’ve been reading much more than normal lately as my quest for knowledge seems insatiable. Of course I totally understand that knowledge alone is not enough and it needs to be translated into action in order to lead to success. I’d like to share some nuggets of wisdom that I have encountered lately. My hope is that they will resonate with you and propel you into action. In Jim Rohn’s book “The Power Of Ambition” he talks about the six steps towards ambition. They are as follows:

  • Positive self direction
  • Self reliance
  • Discipline
  • Self enterprise
  • Working with others
  • Self Appreciation

Let’s explore each of those steps briefly.

Positive self direction

This is a state of absolutely and categorically knowing who you are and where you want to go. It means having the confidence to assert what it is that you want to achieve out of life. As Henry David Thoreau eloquently framed it “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”



This is the art of taking responsibility for your own life, living in your own personal truth, relying on your own powers rather than on those of others. To be self-reliant requires investing heavily on your own personal growth and development and being accountable for your progress. It’s OK to ask for help from others. The point is that when you work on your own beliefs and value system, you build a foundation that underpins your ability to  succeed in life. When you have a strong conviction, crystal clear clarity as to where you want your life to go, your spirit and resolve becomes unbreakable. Be independent yet willing to collaborate with others. It’s all about balance.



When you are consistent in your efforts to succeed,  discipline is required. The result? A compound effect which is equal to massive success. The small consistent steps that you take each day will add up to something monumental if you just stick to the plan that you set for yourself. Don’t feel guilty if you fall off the wagon and have an off day. Guilt is a useless emotion. Instead, recognise the deviation and get straight back to work. It is better to live a life without regret. Jim Rohn states “ The pain of discipline weighs one ounce and the pain of regret weighs tonnes.” Just do it. Get into action with your plan.



This involves being aware of opportunities that exist around you Become excellent at networking, keep your eyes peeled for opportunities that will lead to the achievement of your success.

Working with others

This encompasses being an effective communicator, a better networker and working with those who deserve your time rather than with those who simply need it.

Self appreciation

Celebrate your successes. Celebration comes in the form of acknowledgment. Even if you have made a small step towards success, acknowledge this and give it the air time it deserves. This creates energy to fuel our ambition.


So, what do you want to achieve from today, this week, this month etc? What is it that absolutely sets your soul on fire. The incredible John O’Leary  author of the best-selling book “On Fire” encourages us to write an “ignition statement”. This is the statement or theme to your life that gets you excited about achieving your daily, weekly, monthly, yearly goals. If you’d like to do more, achieve more I encourage you to read the books referenced here and feel free to contact me if you’d like to discuss this subject further.

Dream big. Work in alignment with your values. Stay focused and be ambitious. You have the power within. Happy Monday. Have an enriched week and make it amazing.

Shazney x


#JimRohn #Ambition #Success #Motivation #JohnOLeary

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