Has the people in your life or significant other recently pressured you to show some more initiative in your life? Are you losing touch with your buddies because they are smashing through their goals and you’re not? It might be time for some ambitious goal-crafting.

Sometimes, when everything seems to be going well, we can become dangerously content in life and it doesn’t challenge you. Maybe you’re content living a simple life. 

Maybe you feel more confident in a routine where you might not have to make many big decisions. Whatever reasons you have for what other people might call “slacking” or “stagnation,” there are some strong incentives for creating more ambitious goals.

Find Your Passion

Maybe you like where your job because it allows you enough time after work to engage in your favorite hobby. Sure, during the day your job isn’t too exciting, but the hours allow you to practice an activity that you are passionate about.

Most pass-times, from art, to music, to researching whatever you are interested in, even playing games, have opportunities that could allow you to make money doing what you love. Plus, if your day job gives you time to do what you enjoy, it should give you time to find a band and play out or find a community center that showcases or even sells local art, or a job online that lets you write about what you’re passionate about. Check out my guide to help you start blogging.

Find Something That Uses Your Experience

Some people like entry-level jobs because they don’t need to make a lot of decisions – all of the tough calls are made by someone else. Sure, you have to listen to someone else all the time, but if anything goes wrong up the ladder it’s not on you.

If you’ve been in one of these jobs long enough, you’ve probably noticed that things go wrong up the ladder all the time. Most of the time, that is because someone up the ladder got the job because of their experience somewhere else and they have shockingly little experience where it counts – where you are.

Management positions do mean more responsibility, but they also mean better pay. Also, the decisions that management struggles with might not be such a struggle for someone with real first-hand experience with the work – someone like you.

But if that doesn’t call to you and if you’re tired of where you are, doing the job you’re doing, perhaps it’s time to figure out what it is you would do for free because you’re so passionate about it that you just can’t help yourself.

There’s nothing wrong with being more ambitious in your life. Let go of the inner voice that people will judge you and judge you.

Find A Job That Pays More Than Bills

But if you like where you and you like the company you are working for, then, try talking to HR or looking more closely at the company’s hiring site the next time that a job opens up. Even middle-management positions often come with benefits like stock-options, better insurance, a retirement plan, and opportunities for travel. Many businesses with more than one location have opportunities for travel, especially for advanced positions. Sometimes it might be just to the next branch, but sometimes it can mean meetings or retreats in big cities all around the country.

Having a more advanced job or just some impressive projects or initiatives under your belt also makes it easier for you to change careers should something more exciting come along down the road. I write about forging your own path and designing the life you want quite a bit – and this includes the work you want to do.

Having a job that doesn’t feel too taxing can have its appeal, especially earlier in life, but as most people grow older, they often find that they want (or need) some more challenging or more lucrative work and that they wish that they would have taken advantage of more opportunities earlier in their careers. 

And I’ve been down the path of having a job that gave me what I needed in that moment and time. I worked retail in order to pay the bills and spend hours of my free time doing research on things that interest me.

I spend hours at a job that allowed me to do good in this world – one client at a time – and still work in my art business because I was able to use the free time I had to make that happen.

I am not one to say that everyone should be a business owner – although if that’s what you want – it’s time to set some goals – what I am saying is that you don’t have to stay where you are if you feel like you have more to give that you are currently able to show off.

Whether it’s for the challenge and fulfillment that more challenging goals can bring, or for the financial security that such goals often bring with them, consider creating some more ambitious goals sooner than later.

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