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The balance between ambition and being present is a delicate dance that many individuals find themselves navigating in today’s fast-paced world. Ambition drives us to set goals, achieve milestones, and reach for new heights, which is undoubtedly a valuable trait. However, the pursuit of ambition can sometimes lead to a state of perpetual striving, where the focus shifts to the future and the next achievement, leaving the present moment neglected.
Being present, on the other hand, involves immersing yourself in the here and now, fully engaging with the current experience. It’s about enjoying life’s small moments, cultivating mindfulness, and finding contentment in the present circumstances. The challenge arises when these two seemingly opposing forces intersect.
Striking a balance between ambition and being present requires a mindful approach – recognising that while ambition propels us forward, the journey itself is equally valuable.
Being present doesn’t mean giving up on goals; rather, it involves bringing intention and awareness into each step taken towards those goals.
Mindful ambition involves setting objectives & working diligently towards them, yet maintaining an awareness of the present moment. The goal is to find joy in the process and celebrate progress along the way.
This balance prevents burnout, supports mental well-being, and creates a sense of fulfilment.
Ultimately, embracing both ambition and presence allows for a more holistic and enriched life.
Today’s guest discusses strategies in finding such a balance.
Lauren Barirani is a registered clinical counsellor with experience working with children, youth, and adults. She is the founder of Apricot Wellness.
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