What Is Ambition? - The Elixir Of Life

Written by: Shruthi Chacko – M Sc
(Psychology)

Last updated date : May 20, 2022

Have you ever thought to yourself “ why is it that some people exactly know what they want to do in life? They have clear goals and visions. They have dreams that they chase after. On the other hand, there are people who seem to be quite aimless, jumping from one interest to another. They are constantly caught thinking “ what is ambition” or think about it when someone asks them “ what is your ambition in life?”

Honestly, it is okay to be in either of these two categories. But, it is true that when you are someone who has ambition, life can be less chaotic. You have some sort of direction. When you are someone who is aimless or jumps from one passion to another, it can get confusing and tiring after a point. So, maybe it’s better to have ambition in your life? Well, it could be a yes or a no. Keep reading to get to know the answer.

Chapter 1:
So What Is Ambition?

Ambition is the idea that you are passionate about something. Also, it is something that you really want to go after. These could be your goals or dreams. Ambition is something that you really want to achieve. It drives to you attain that goal. You are ready to go through the challenges because the determination in you is strong. Also, makes you put all your energy into it.

So what is your ambition?. Well, ambition reveals itself when you are faced with obstacles, objections, roadblocks, and injustice, from the world or others. It gives people a sense of meaning and purpose In life. Ambition tends to become something very important for you.

In fact, your ambition is a very personal thing. It may not make sense to everyone around you. It doesn’t have to be something that is important to others. Maybe, at times you may feel that people around just get it. That is okay. If you feel very strongly about it, there is nothing that can stop you from going after it. It does not matter what others might think of it. If you feel it, go for it. Nothing should let that fire in you die out.

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Chapter 2:
Can You Have Multiple Passions?

Of course, you can have multiple passions or ambitions. There is nothing wrong with that. You could be someone who is passionate about automobile engineering and making films. Maybe, you are an architect, who is also passionate about mental health. So. It is really not a problem.

Do You Feel That Sometimes Your Passion Simmers Down?

Okay, first of all, don’t worry about passion/ambition running out. It’s normal. It is completely normal to feel less passionate about something you do. It is not a permanent phenomenon but more like a cycle. And more essentially rather than things dying out. Perhaps what happens is you explore more things in it.

For example, you may be someone who likes psychology, but you read and watch more about climate change and sociology and history. In fact, what pans out is that you’ll eventually find ways to link psychology with various other interests.

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Chapter 3:
Should I Stick To One Passion/ Ambition?

Well, when it comes to passion and sticking to one field of interest, I think it is way too overrated. So, don’t stress yourself too much. It is absolutely okay to be interdisciplinary. It is okay to like things beyond. And if you don’t want to specialize in only one thing. It is alright because there are so many interesting things in this world.

Maybe, you are someone who likes to experiment with different fields. Perhaps, it makes you happy and it gives you a better sense of purpose. I mean, think about it, isn’t every field related to one another? It is okay to experiment and learn new things. So, don’t worry about losing passion somewhere. Think of it all as a process of growth!.

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Chapter 4:
How to Figure Out Your Ambition ( What Is My Ambition)

Everybody has a purpose. It is true. We are here on this planet to go living without any meaning. Honestly, it is quite risky to go living without any passion or ambition. It can get quite confusing and frustrating to why you are here and what should you do with your time. You have a tendency to have regrets and ” oh wish I did that” thoughts.

I believe that we are on the planet and space to have a meaningful life. To be able to live fulfilling lives. As I mentioned earlier, you have multiple passions. It is time that having multiple passions/ ambitions gets normalised. Do you get startled when someone asks you ” what is your ambition?” Well, first thing is, try not to get too worried about this at the moment. You can begin the process. Try to keep working on it. You will figure out your ambition in life over some time. It is only a matter of time. And it is absolutely okay for your ambitions to change. It really is normal.

What Do You Find Fun Or Interesting?

A good question to ask is – what do you enjoy the most in life? What do you find interesting and fun? What do you find yourself reading, researching or even watching videos about?
Also, what do you enjoy doing in your free time? What are you most looking forward to doing? What are some activities that you enjoy? and experience a sense of sadness if you don’t do them?

What Do You Love Talking About?

Is there something in your life that you just can’t get your mind off of? Is there anything about which your friends and family say you are obsessed? What do you catch yourself talking about the most with others? Is there anything in specific you want to obsess over?

What Would You Do With Your Time, If You Dint Have To Worry About Money?

What would you do if you didn’t have any worries in life? Things like paying the rent, working for a living, health concerns, and so on? Would you like to be a musician? Would you like to go around the world? Also, would you be willing to volunteer in a third-world country?

If you can get rid of your anxieties about the world, you will be able to come up with a solution. In fact, fear is a significant barrier to having clear thinking. which is why it is essential to be able to question yourself what you’ll do if you didn’t have any anxieties in life. In general, this is one of the most effective techniques to determine your life’s ambition. Maybe, you may find the answer to the question ” what is your ambition in life?”.

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Chapter 5:
If You Still Cant Figure It Out...Do This

These questions may decide your life’s ambition. However, if you still don’t know what you want to pursue with your life even after putting these down. The most useful thing you can do is to go out and see life. Life is outside. Experiences are waiting for you. Go get out and gain more life experiences. Get out there and try out new things. If you think you might be interested in working in a particular field, for example, go gain some volunteer/ work experience in that field. Maybe, try working with animals if you think you might wish to help endangered animals. Perhaps, you want to make a film, start with a low-budget film. And if you’re still stuck on ideas, try meditating on them or taking a break away from the world, technology, and distractions to, as they say, “find yourself.” At Espychonline, we have a self-help course on ” Low Self Esteem” You may also find it informative and helpful to read up a bit more on ” Ambition- The Good And Bad Of Being Ambitious” to know more about ambition.