Ambition, week 2

Our in-class discussion topic for the week of July 13 will be Ambition.  This week, we will talk about how Ambition helps us to persevere in achieving our goals.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“If you have a great ambition, take as big a step as possible in the direction of fulfilling it.  The step may only be a tiny one, but trust that it may be the largest one possible for now.” — Mildred McAfee (Captain, US Navy, 1st Director of WAVES)

Being ambitious doesn’t make our problems smaller, and it doesn’t guarantee a shorter journey to our goals.  Reaching any goal takes time and effort.  Becoming a Black Belt is a great goal, but it will take you some years to get there.  If your goal is to be a skilled musician, it will take years of practice to achieve that goal.  Some goals, like passing a difficult test with an “A” grade, are much faster by comparison, but others take time.  If you know what your ambition is, and you know it is going to take time, break your journey down into smaller steps.  Take it one step at a time, and set small goals for yourself to keep you on track.  With each small goal, you get closer to the end of your journey.  When it gets difficult, remind yourself that it’s not about the time, it is about the achievement.

Discussion Questions:

1)  Give us an example of something that is a big, ambitious goal for you?

2)  What could you do to break that big goal into smaller goals?

3)  What reward can you give yourself for finishing each step on the way to your goal?

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