One of the more popular topics of discussion in our reading group is how to balance ambitious goals with a strong desire to remain mindful, humble, and grateful. At times, these two priorities can feel like oil and water and the group reading we’ve completed has yet to reveal the “silver bullet” solution that harmonizes powerful self-motivation with a balanced state of mind.
mindful ambition, the practice of maintaining awareness, humility, and gratitude in the pursuit of extraordinary accomplishment
Last week, I took a stab at providing some answers to an audience of colleagues. “Being Mindful While Making It Rain” introduces the concept of mindful ambition: the practice of maintaining awareness, humility, and gratitude in the pursuit of extraordinary accomplishment.
We cover five different elements of our lives that demand attention if we hope to pursue great accomplishment without sacrificing the energizing and grounding impact of a present mind. I also throw in five corresponding activities that can be used to introduce mindful ambition in more concrete terms: taking a success inventory, keeping a gratitude journal, reconnecting with nature, plotting your wealth columns, and (most importantly) initiating a meditation practice.
Check out the video below and download the deck so you can follow along.
Please note, the video is cut a few minutes short. Everything you missed — including helpful book and app resources — can be found in the deck PDF (link above).