Ambition and awareness
Ambition – the part of me that counts my successes every week (okay, every day). That wants to get bigger, better. And fast.
After all, if I am living my purpose, part of it is to take my work to as many as possible.
But it is only the other part of me, the awareness in the current moment, that allows me to truly connect with my why. To celebrate learning and growth. To feel the joy in that spark of insight that emerges in a coaching conversation. The fulfillment when someone I’m working with successfully takes that difficult step.
The two cannot exist in the same moment. Because while one is about right now, the other is about the future.
Of course, we all need ambition. The vision, the stretch, the pull.
But for me, the only way of being a great coach, is to be present in the moment, to be aware. There can be no ambition without awareness.
And the fact is, the times when I most love my work are those when I can live in and celebrate each moment.
It’s hard to stay there though, and not jump to the next goal, the next number. How do you balance awareness and ambition?
Credit: Prompted by the Headspace meditation of the day