As children, we tend to dream big. Bigger than we do when we mature into adulthood. When we’re young we have big aspirations, like being a movie star or a pop star. As adults, our dreams become a lot more realistic. Instead of aspiring to have a flashy life we aspire to a job we’re happy in and have a great personal life. Our dreams of being the next Britney Spears turn into degrees in business and veterinary studies. This is a good thing, it shows personal growth and maturity. So why is having aspiration so important?
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Aspirations Are Important
They Give Us Motivation
Without motivation, we’re not likely to get very much done. Motivation helps us get out of bed on even the worst of days. It’s the reason we do all of those essays at university and college. We see an end goal and we’re determined to get there. Without aspiration, this may not be possible. We vision ourselves in these roles that we desire and that’s what keeps us going. For me, I always visualise myself in the role I’m aspiring for (I’m a very visual thinker) and imagine what I’d feel like. This is what keeps me going on my journey.
They Give Us Hope
Hope is important. We see people in the place we want to be and know it’s possible, therefore we have hope that we can get there too. Without hope, we’d all be more likely to give up on dreams and settle for something that doesn’t make us happy. Having something to aspire to and seeing how someone else got there proves to us that we can do it too, so our motivation sticks, and we eventually get to the place we want to be.
Helps Us Make A Plan
Plans are vital to our success. We won’t get where we want or need to be without a plan. But as with the above points, you won’t get to the planning stage if you don’t have the aspiration to get anywhere. Planning becomes easier when we see people in the jobs that we want. We can look at their lives and base some of our goals on them. However, it’s important to remember that your life is different and you may get there in your own way.
Aspirations Help Us Reach Success
Once we have a plan full of goals to reach our dream job, it’s so much easier to start succeeding in getting there. The journey is just as rewarding as the end goal, but it feels pretty good to know that’s what you’re working towards. We’ll also have more determination and motivation to actually get stuff done, meaning succeeding is all part of the package.
Improves Our Performance
When we’re determined to achieve something, we’re going to work harder at it. This will improve our performance on the things that will get us there, but we have to be careful with this. If you spend too much time focussing on getting to your dream job, you may begin underperforming in jobs that you don’t like. It’s important that we give motivation for both our dream job and out in between job because you may lose the chance of your dream job if you get a bad reference.
Aspirations Are Different For Everyone
Don’t get too bogged down with other people’s aspirations. The truth is that your aspirations will be different from your friends. Even if you do have the same one, you’re going to achieve it in different ways. There is no reason to base your entire life based on what someone else is doing. Take inspiration rather than copy.