i sat out on the back porch last night, as the sun was going down and ed patrick was playing in the background and wrote this to myself:
“don’t let your ambition get the best of you — and run you down to the point of exhaustion before you get to the end of your journey.
your ambition is something beautiful, it will push you and drive you to new levels of success.
but, do not forget: you must own your ambition, rather than allowing it to consume and possess you.
you are in control.
so, while you must bring ambition along for the journey, keep it in check.
don’t allow your ambition to misdirect you, and convince you that you need to move at lightning speeds and break every record in order to experience big wins an achieve success.
you’re allowed to pace yourself and run at a tempo that is sustainable — so, remind yourself of that often.”
i wrote this because, lately, i realize, my ambition has created a haunting exhaustion. and, if i’m being honest, my ambition has been owning and possessing me more than i own it.
as dreamers and doers, i think that this is easy — especially in the culture we live, especially in the season that we’re in.
so, to every dreamer out there who maybe feels exhausted from their own ambition in this season — let’s remember that we have a lifetime to achieve our goals.
we don’t have to rush to achieve greatness. we’re allowed to take our time and enjoy the journey — because, at the end of the day, it’s the journey we are going to remember and that will shape the stories we tell. so, let’s make sure that we’re living a story that’s middle is just as inspiring and captivating as it’s ending.
with diligence and persistent faith, we’ll see every beautiful ambition we have manifest in the world.
so with hope in our heart and joy rushing through every fiber of our beings — let’s continue to run forward and own our ambition.