Ambitiously Pursuing Your Own Self-Direction

What is the origin of true ambition? There exists really
only one place to find true ambition and that is within you
– in every thought, in every movement, in every motivation.
Your ambition is an expression of who you truly are, your
own self-expression.


Isn’t self-expression really self-direction? How you think,
how you move, how you motivate yourself. Ambition is a
result of self-direction and self-direction is one of the
six key principles necessary for building ambition.

Positive self-direction says, “I know who I am and I know
where I want to go. I’m accumulating knowledge and
experiences and feelings and philosophies that will help
prepare me for opportunities that I know will show up
without notice or any help on my part.”

Because you know where you want to go, you have already been
working on the parts of your personality that will make you

Working on your attitude, working on your health, working on
your time management skills. Putting it all down on paper.
And you constantly see yourself in the place you want to be,
going in the direction you want to go.

Direction determines destination…

So here is a question you must ask yourself, “Are all the
disciplines that I’m currently engaged in taking me where I
want to go?” What an important question to ask yourself at
the beginning of the month, the beginning of the week, the
beginning of the day.

Because here is what you don’t ever want to do – kid
yourself. Kid your neighbor, kid me and kid the marketplace,
but don’t kid yourself – fingers crossed – hoping you will
arrive at a good destination when you’re not even headed
that way.

You have to ask yourself often, AM I? Am I doing the
disciplines that are taking me in the direction I want to
go? Don’t neglect to ask these important questions,
questions that help determine your direction, the set of
your sail, your destination.

Is this the direction I want for my life?
Is this someone else’s direction?
Is this a goal I have been ingrained with since my
Is this goal my parent’s, my spouse’s, my boss’, my
children’s or is it MINE?

Ask yourself these questions and then debate them. After you
have answered these questions within yourself, then take it
one step further and ask, “What am I doing that is working
or not working?” Debate it all.

Work with your mind to figure out the best possible
direction for you – your self-direction. And then
ambitiously pursue your own self-direction. Let the power of
your own ambition take you where you want to go, to do what
you want to do, to create the life you want to live!

by Jim Rohn