Ambition & Inspiration

Erica Napoletano. Branding Badass.  Totally girl crushing on her in every way.

Last night Marianne Williamson (love her btw) posted “When we drop our ambition, we gain our inspiration” to her Facebook feed.  She has a huge following so naturally there were 382 shares and over 70 comments. Usually I gobble up just about everything she says. The woman is mad inspirational.  But this message perplexed me. And then I thought.. no fucking way.  I’m not dropping my ambition, I just found it again after losing it to the fluff of the yoga ghetto.  I am totally over putting my ambition to the side in order to be agreeable. [side note – it’s my own fault for living someone else’s dharma – thank you Bhagavad Gita, sorry I didn’t listen sooner!]  Being inspired, inspiring others is all well and good, but I need a little action!

Inspiration is useless without getting off your ass and doing something.

Ambition is getting off your ass and doing something. You gotta work at it yo! Get off your meditation pillow of abundance and hustle.  The people that are killing it in  business right now are the ones that dug deep and tried something new. They tried and failed at things over and over again. It’s not like they woke up one morning and had 50K Facebook followers and every class was sold out.  They struggled for their success, shedding blood, sweat and tears and that’s ambition.

Equal parts Ambition + Inspiration = Success <~~~~~~~~ Tweet it!

The same ones that are killing it in their biz find inspiration in just about everything they do.  They tap into it through gratitude, masterminds, working with others, surrounding themselves with positive, successful people and wanting to make a difference in the world.  Ambition without inspiration just makes you a sleezy business person.  Ambition without inspiration is useless.  You just can’t have one without the other. They are intimate bedfellows.  It’s a symbiotic relationship.

Where does your ambition come from and what keeps you inspired? 

And with that I leave you with Alicia Bridges (because after writing the first paragraph of this post I was dancing to the music in my head).

6 responses to “Ambition & Inspiration”

  1. Love it. Ambition is kind of like purpose….and can create inspiration as well!

    1. I totally agree, Dawn! 🙂

  2. Thank you. It’s time to stop apologizing for going for what one wants and being determined. Sure, you can “go with the flow” but the flow can also push you around and drown you.

    1. Totally, Kelly!!
      It’s also OK for a yoga teacher to have success, but we need to actually work to get there 🙂

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