Sometimes it happens that, as life is such a confusing (but beautiful) journey, the two things that matters the most to you end up in a conflict. A conflict where you are forced to choose between the two.(Coffee or tea?)
Ambition is a strong desire to achieve something and passion is a barely controllable feeling about what matters the most to you. Ambition leads you straight towards the ladders of success while passion leads you deep inside yourself, near and and oh yes, dear ,towards your inner spirit.
When these two collide, however, your conscious and subconscious minds go supernova. I am writing this today because I am going through the exact same adversity right at the very moment. My passion for writing for hours is taking up most of my time consequently degrading my grades. My passion for travel will require money and money will require good education and this will require good grades… huh! can’t even say that in one breath. It is, a vicious cycle!
I am pretty sure many of you who have found their passion is going through the same right now. It is very normal but it has an adverse effect on your mental health.(Ever heard of depression?)
My mentor once told me: ‘prioritize’ . That is the key to balance and subsequent success in both. But what does it even mean? Easier said than done , you may say. Precisely! How am I or you to ‘prioritize’ when all I could think of at the moment and is writing and writing and writing (Ever felt that frustration?).
But grades were a necessity and so was maintaining my passion as it fueled my spirit.
I did not opt for balance but something else entirely.
A few words on prioritizing first.
How to do this? You will find many books on how to set a timetable and a time to study and a time for hobbies and blah……
The first step to prioritize begins inside. Know that passion without ambition makes you crippled and lopsided. When you realize this or make yourself aware through repeated affirmations, a will to succeed will come by default.
Success is not something that could be defined by looking up the word on Google. Many of the so called successful people are a wreck today. Therefore, you become the architect of your definition of success and the blueprint of how to reach that pretty destination.
Ahem! I am shifting to an extreme preach mode here. Sorry for that, bear with me for a few moments more please.
I said that it begins inside because what you believe, what your mind believes, your subconscious manifests. If you believe, you suck at math , you will. If you believe you can never write good, you never could. Because you already believe what has not even happened yet. You let the black cat cross your path and you believe you are up for a bad day. Viola! A bad day manifests itself through your thoughts (As all you see now is the negative)
Therefore , I would not call it balance. Passion and ambition cannot be balanced as the balancing scale keeps them both on two opposite side. It is your job to mix these. A powerful concoction of passion and ambition is what makes the first and foremost important ingredient of the recipe of success.
Just being one , too , is not enough. Being passionate is amazing. No side effects at all. You may as well achieve your will. But it still requires ambition:A strong will to achieve something. We often associate ambition with study or work but it is more than that. I , for an instance, am ambitious to achieve inner peace. I will do so by following my passion. A beautiful cycle, isn’t it?
Being lopsided towards ambition only, devoid of passion can have adverse effect,however. It may leave you dissatisfied all the time and also unable or more like crippled due to lack of passion-crutch , to cope with fear and failure.
Therefore, my key is mixing them up. When they clash, do not tarry. Just brew them together. Let them fill the gaps in each other.
Hence, this grand slams ends with a queer note. Ambition from the red corner and Passion from the blue corner walk towards each other, tip their hat, shake hands and bump fists. They just realized they were meant to be BFFs.
I hope you did too.
I call out to the ambitious and the passionate,