He who stands on tip-toe, doesn’t stand firm.
He who rushes ahead doesn’t go far.
He who tries to shine dims his own light.
He who defines himself can’t know who he really is.
He who has power over others can’t empower himself.
He who clings to his work will create nothing that endures.
If you want to accord with the Tao, just do your job then let go.
- Tao Te Ching 24
True greatness is only possible in the absence of ambition. Ambition is clinging to a result. This is faith in form and chasing an idol, which is always illusive.
Ambition is of the ego; while greatness is of spirit. The ego waits for salvation in time, while spirit is already perfect. Ego seeks gratification through the validation of others, spirit is already complete on a level that is beyond validation.
All this talk of manifestation, will-power, self-discipline, goal-setting, and beating yourself up for not always achieving what you set out to achieve – let it go. True success only happens in the now. A successful life is only possible when you humble yourself to the force of Love. Choose to live and create in love and let all ambition go because you won’t need it.
Love, the energy of spirit that carries with it complete knowledge, is always the answer and needs no validation. In love, there is no ambition because there is nothing “more” to aspire to. We continue, in love, tomorrow and each day after that.