Ideas are great but it’s action that turns them into reality. So do you know what you’re really creating? Do you know for what purpose? Or are you in danger of getting there at a cost you hadn’t envisaged? Here are some tips to help you achieve what you truly want – not just what you think you may want…
What is your Ambition?
I am not talking about your ambition for the year but rather the ambition for who you want to become. Remember and reflect on what Nelson Mandela had said: “In judging our progress as individuals, we tend to concentrate on external factors such as one’s social position, influence and popularity, wealth and standard of education…but internal factors may be even more crucial in assessing one’s development as a human being”
Here are some questions you may want to ask yourself:
- What is driving your ambition?
- Does your ambition include who you are becoming as a person?
- What behaviours will you display in getting there?
- What benefits do others gain through you reaching your ambition?
- How does your ambition for this year fit into your overall theme of what you stand for and what you believe in?
Keep Your Attitude in Check
It is pressure and time that develops diamonds and so it is with character. As lofty and beneficial as your ambition may be, the likelihood is there will be challenges along the way. Integrate them into your plan and have a strategy on what to do if and when the chips are down. Here are some suggestions:
- Pick a mentor or support team
- Find an activity that picks up your spirits
- Adopt principles from martial arts, yoga and other practices
- Write a letter to yourself from a position of clarity and strength to provide yourself with the courage and insight you need to pull yourself through.
- Learn to breathe properly 🙂 – we tend to panic or get stressed when things aren’t working out according to our plan, resulting in a lack of oxygen to the brain, further compounding matters.
- Build the capacity to identify lessons and opportunities – turning lemons into lemonade
- Have the wisdom to readjust and fine-tune along the way
- If you see challenges as rough seas and waves – learn to surf! Find your own personal way to embrace the challenge and see how you can go with it, harnessing what is put in front of you.
All the ideas and ideals in the world are no good if you don’t act upon them. Imagine your outcome and break it down into the steps you need to take to reach it and turn these into daily do-ables. Here are some suggestions:
- Include the action in your daily to-do-list
- Review your actions at the end of every day
- What went well?
- Where can you do/be better?
- What are you grateful for?
- What are you going to integrate into the next day?
- Set milestones
- Create celebrations
- Enjoy the process!
You will be amazed what can be achieved when you set your mind (and heart) on a focal point and I am looking forward to hearing about the beautiful surprises that will come your way as all the pieces come together. So take the first step towards realising your ambitions, the rest is there waiting for you to step up.
Headhunter turned talent spotter, Deborah is the Founder of AMANI™. With a drive for business as a force for good, she works with investors and innovators to optimise impact, aligning values with value creation.
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