Some people are looking for advancement in life. They spend hours imaging what it would be like to have a better job, a larger house, more friends, more money or more whatever. They rehearse what they will do when they reach a greater status. They study those who have achieved the things they want, and surround themselves with motivational jargon, hoping to one day move from where they are to where they want to go.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting more and having more. There’s nothing wrong with seeing yourself in a higher position. There’s nothing wrong with hoping that your situation will change. However, many people go after “the more” for the wrong reasons. Many people go after advancement because they want to impress the neighbors or because they don’t want the next person to have more than they have. Many people go after “the more” to prove that they are better than others. Many go after “the more,” hoping that “the more” will fill a void in their lives.
If these or similar reasons motivate you to go after promotion then you will never be happy in life. There will always be someone “more beautiful,” more talented,” wealthier or smarter. If you are chasing advancement to stay ahead of the next guy, there will always be unrest in your soul. If you are chasing promotion to fill a void, you will always feel empty.
It would be a sad commentary to spend your entire life trying to prove that you are better than someone else or prove that obtaining things will fulfill you. The best reasons for advancement are not to compare yourself to others or cause you to become whole. It is to assist you in becoming a better you.
If ulterior motives are driving you to succeed, you may want to step back and rethink your position. Don’t allow something that’s designed to be good end up being the very thing that destroys you.