Ambition, Gratitude, and Happiness

“Happiness isn’t having what you want. It’s wanting what you have.”

Ambition and gratitude are two sides of the same coin. Both are a part of the pursuit of experiencing happiness. The common mistake people make is valuing ambition over gratitude. Ambition can be defined as the strong desire to do or achieve something. In other words it means having wants or goals and working hard towards them. Most people live their life putting ambition on a pedestal.

Don’t get me wrong. I feel ambition is a prerequisite to growth. However, I also feel that all ambition should be matched with 10x levels of gratitude. If ambition is the car which leads to growth then gratitude is the gasoline. It’s nearly impossible to persist through growing pains without gratitude. Gratitude allows us to stay in positive spirits when we go through negative experiences. It reminds us to stay optimistic no matter what.

Optimism is what allows people to stick to their goals for a long period of time. Even when the world tells us to quit, our optimism keeps us going. It’s important to use gratitude practices to develop an optimistic approach towards weight-loss. Patients need to look at their weight-loss journey through a positive perspective in order to lose and keep the weight off for good.