Apparently I have to search through all this feel-good, self help, mumbo-jumbo in order to find, hunt, catch, and attain/keep ambition. I lack ambition. I have this feeling that ambition is a small creature who is currently hiding behind a bush, or under the bed.
I found this one list of “How to Build Ambition.” O.o let’s see what it says…
1. Make a list of goals you want to achieve in the next week, month and year
Now to find goals. Jamie and I are discussing different things. For instance: I want to write more, I want to work on my fiction–something that has been seriously lacking for a while. How will I do this? He mentioned: for the month of May, do 200 words a week. June, 300 words a week. The goal is by the end of 2013 to have a short story written, polished, and submitted to an anthology. Gotta start somewhere, right?
And: self employment. I really don’t want to wake up one day and realize that I am still slaving away for “The Man” after XX amount of years. Good goal is to figure out how I will be able to financially support myself, on my own (still paying taxes because gods know I don’t want to fall down that trap), and be self-sufficient monetarily within 5 or so years.
2. Believe in yourself
snerk. This is some funny shit. I believe in myself. I have confidence. And, I can freely admit when my confidence goes in a negative way (i. e. “I am confident I will fuck this up.” or “I am confident ____ will happen.”)
In a nutshell: power of positive thinking, yo.
3. Choose a role model or someone you can look up to, someone who is highly ambitious.
William “Bill” Janney (seen happily through rose-tinted glasses)
Guillermo del Toro
4. Focus on your success and accomplishments, even if you don’t achieve your goal the first time around.
5. Develop a mantra or saying to use when you start to feel your ambition slipping
I think I can I think I can I think I can I think I can