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Journaling Prompts

Who do you want to be?: Call this prompt a ‘gimme three’! What three things do you envision calling yourself one day in the near or distant future? Why those three? Are you open and honest with others about what you hope to become or do you keep quiet about it? If you don’t tell, why not?

Drive: What gives you the drive, or impetus, to pursue your ambitions? Are you externally motivated by your cheerleaders, or internally motivated by something that no one else knows? Is there a feeling that motivates you – safety, financial security, or acceptance – that is part of your driving force?

How High?: What are the things you wish for that are way outside your comfort zone – pie in the sky kind of ambitions? Are they really unreachable? If so, what keeps your mind on those wishes or ambitions?

Never Give Up: When you feel like giving up and throwing in the towel, what compels you to keep moving forward in life? Which loved ones, places, ideals or beliefs motivate you to ‘never give up’?

Too much: Are there times when your ambition is out of control – when you could better focus on humility or contentment for your own well being?

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No Boundaries-Kris Allen

The Climb- Miley Cyrus

Permanent- David Cook

Carrie Underwood - Ever Ever After

You Get What You Give - New Radicals

What Dreams are Made Of - Hilary Duff

Kanye West - I Wonder

R. Kelly - I Believe I Can Fly

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Asher Roth - His Dream


Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen Keller

Me only have one ambition, y'know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together - black, white, Chinese, everyone - that's all.
Bob Marley

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
Thomas Jefferson

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.
Abraham Lincoln

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.
Barack Obama

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
Salvador Dali

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
Oscar Wilde

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
Marilyn Monroe

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
Friedrich Nietzsche

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
Marcus Aurelius

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
Carl Sagan

A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.
Aldous Huxley

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.
Elvis Presley

When ambition ends, happiness begins.
Thomas Merton

A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive.
Pearl Bailey

Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean, you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world.
Orison Swett Marden

Ambition can creep as well as soar.
Edmund Burke

To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.
Samuel Johnson

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability.
William Feather

When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there.
Jim Henson

Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme; to be sublimely great or to be nothing.
Shakti Gawain

The truth is really an ambition which is beyond us.
Peter Ustinov


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