Ambition and Mental Health: When It’s Your Dream and You Want it NOW!

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Have you ever climbed a mountain? I have yet to, I only went hiking once in my life, technically. BUT, I can imagine being hyper-ambitious is very similar to climbing a mountain.

  1. You have to make a decision to even start to climb it. I’m not going to look it up, but just imagine how many people die trying to climb Mount Everest. Not only have you heard all of these stories of failure, but throwing in the possibility of death surely does not sound attractive to me. (See my post – Seeking Ownership )
  2. The more you climb, the further you can fall.
  3. When you get to the middle you’re too far up to quit, but may not feel like you have the strength to keep climbing to the top.
  4. Even while you’re succeeding and making strides you feel like you’re failing because you have so, so much farther to go.
  5. Some people may quit along the way, but you have to be mentally tough enough to climb the mountain anyway.

Make sense?

When I tell y’all I allowed myself to get into a DARK place about two or three months ago, I’m not talking about drink myself to sleep, act wild and crazy, suicidal dark – if you or someone else feels that way please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 – but I definitely was out of touch with myself, my whys, my mission, and my center (God). It was almost as if I was a walking, living, breathing corpse, just existing and pretending to be positive, uplifting and encouraging.

As I climbed my mountain of success, I started to doubt myself more and more with each passing day. I have two many clients to walk away and not fulfill my promise to serve them for years to come, but I didn’t have enough to reach the goals I’d given myself. My business was bigger than some, but still way smaller than my vision.

I got so lost in my vision and in where I wanted to be, that I failed to be grateful for how far I’ve come. EVERY self-help book in the world probably mentions not living in your past. BUT what every ambitious person needs to understand, are the dangers of living in the future. Even if you feel strongly that you’ll reach a certain level of success, and of course only you can define that, just because you haven’t reached it yet does not discredit how far you have come.

Keep climbing your mountain. Don’t look down. And when you feel weak, call for backup.


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