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Bringing Ambition Back!

By Nicole Greer, PPCC Founder and Principle Coach at Vibrant Coaching
The question is not…
To be or not to be?
The questions is…
To do or not to do?
We stand in choice.  Each and every day life provides a plethora of opportunities for us to engage. How do you decide what to say “yes” to and what to say “no” to?  Asking yourself this powerful question puts you in the driver’s seat of your own life.  It creates that longed for state of balance.  Saying yes or no appears to be a simple process but you must examine the motives behind your decisions. You may decide to engage with something out of guilt. “I should do it.” Or you may decide out of habit. “I’ve always done this.” Or you may decide out of ambition. “I really want and desire to do this.” Your best choice will always be when you decide from your ambition.
Ambition is defined as a cherished desire to serve the world with the highest form of ourselves.  It’s a mysterious force that emanates from deep within you.  There is a magnet that draws you toward certain ideals, activities and organizations. I believe this is a gift. Pay attention to your ambition and identify it.
You will move throughout life with high efficiency saying yes when your ambition is being fed. Your energy is expanded and life is seen as Shakespeare’s “oyster”.  Behavioral scientists have identified seven distinct ambitions that drive us to perform. Take a look at these ambitions. Which one resonates with you? Which one motivates you to say “yes”?
1. Economic Ambition: a drive to create value and focused on results
2. Altruistic Ambition: a drive to serve people and highly compassionate
3. Theoretical Ambition: drive to understand and learn
4. Authoritative Ambition: drive to be true to convictions and tenacious
5. Creative Ambition: drive to use imagination and think outside the box
6. Individualistic Ambition: drive to be unique and independent
7. Political Ambition: drive to compete and advance position
Identifying your ambition is a powerful tool for deciding your next right step. For centuries, writers, poets, and playwrights have debated ambitions value. Is it good or bad?  The answer is it is how you use it.  Growing up many of us were warned about the consequences of being overly ambitious, as a result we have simply turned off this valuable gift.  We’d rather be safe than sorry.  The next time you must make a decision invite your ambition to be part of the discernment process.  It’s true ambition can be used for good or it can be used for evil.  Simply test your ambition with these questions:
If I say “yes”, will I increase the resources available to move a worthy cause forward?
If I say “yes”, will I deliver a message that motivates others or give a warning that creates safety?
If I say “yes”, will I right a wrong?
When you engage your ambition, test it and finally engage it. You’ll find yourself doing amazing things.  Your performance is predictable.  When you know what you can do and it is driven by what you really want--your ambition, in service to a high calling nothing can stop you.
Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great. –Mark Twain
 
Nicole Greer, PPCC is a professional life and business coach.  At its deepest level, working with a coach frees you to indentify your birthright gifts, discern your deepest passions, and fulfill your highest purpose.  A coach can pry you off dead center.  As Principal Coach for Vibrant Coaching and Workshop Leader for The Lydia Group, LLC, a collaboration of individuals focused on work, life and spiritual growth, Nicole is on a mission to impact, energize, and influence people to lead a Vibrant Life by engaging the possibilities.  As a life and business coach and workshop leader, Nicole views her role as a conduit to release all that you want to achieve. Join me on the PATH to move forward with authenticity, skill and confidence. www.thevibrantcoach.com/www.thelydiagroup.com