I remember asking this question once - there was an array of negative and positive comments; a few shown below:
Women who know their value and don't settle for "meh", she wants to be more and achieve more in her life.
Women with vision, focused, determined and consistently hard working to make the vision a reality.
Self-led, Self-defined ambition
The dictionary definition says; having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed
So what does it mean for you? For me, it's changed hugely for me over the last few years.
When I first set on my career path, I knew I loved broadcasting and ever since I started at Bath Hospital Radio at the age of 14, I had the bug! It never left me until I achieved the role I wanted as a Radio Producer, and even ended up being award winning - but that was a bonus!
Through the years, I was striving for more, more, and even more. Climbing the ladder, putting the hours in, achieving a lot in 1 day, making the sacrifices, going the extra mile to be acknowledged for my efforts, and naturally reaping the rewards.
Then I woke up one day and realised the last 20+ years had passed me by in the blink of an eye. Yes I had achieved a great deal, but I had also missed out on living my life and several experiences with friends and family, due to work commitments.
I had always wanted to take the leap into working for myself and eventually found the courage and support to make that reality full time.
I've been off the corporate treadmill now for 3+ years, and have learnt a huge amount, including redefining the word ambition!
Over these three years I've learnt to;
Accept where you are, but take the time to stop and question what it is your striving for exactly. So many of us are striving for x, y, z. Ultimately it's happiness and health - for me at least. What is it for you? Have you got the majority of it already? Do you NEED to achieve what you want by the date set and pressure you are putting on yourself?
Allow your feelings to pass, the good, the bad and the ugly - they all do eventually. Remember feeling good is the whole point to life, but it's not reality. Life throws us curveballs and we have to process them emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically sometimes.
Trust yourself - you have all the answers within you.
If you want to go after something and reach your dreams, is it ambition, is it your dream, do you need to have your foot on the gas and be going flat out at the cost of your health or life? Remember your wellbeing.
Define your own terms of success, ambition, drive, and determination; or the various words you use to describe yourself. Take the time to get to know yourself and what the definitions mean to you; not according to the guidance you've had from society conditioning, bosses, teachers, parents, family, etc. We are always evolving.
After a major transition year, it's really made me evaluate the word ambition and drive, and how I've realised things change and evolve as you do as a person living life.
I would say I'm exactly like the dictionary definition of 'ambitious' - I always have been. The difference now is that I've eased up on the gas to make way for my life that I want to live fully, and that means recalibrating according to my life now.