Have you ever set a goal for yourself that you thought would be impossible? Ever wanted something so much but just didn’t know where to start or maybe you just get a little discouraged along the way? Here at ambition academy, we are here to help encourage and motivate you to accomplish your goals. From weight loss to finishing that weekend home improvement project that you have been putting off for months, we have the inspirational stories and advice to make your dreams a reality.
Ambition – An earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment
Often, with the start of a New Year comes reflection on the year past as well as thoughts on how we want to improve moving forward. According to a National U.S. poll, the most common New Year’s resolutions include:
Lose Weight, Get Fit, or Eat Healthier: More than 2 out of 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese. More than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity. Overweight is defined as an excess amount of body weight that may come from muscles, bone, fat, and water. In contrast, obesity refers solely to excess amount of body fat.
Volunteer More: According to USNews.com 2013 saw the lowest U.S. volunteer rate in the past decade. Research showed that only about 1 out of 4 Americans 16 and older reported volunteering with a local organization at least once in throughout the entire year of 2013.
Go Back to School / Get a Better Education: The National Center for Education Statistics has pulled information comparing an individual’s education with the demographics unemployment rate and since the year 2000, the unemployment gap has risen. They stated, in 2013 that adults (between 25 and 34-years-old) the unemployment rate for those that didn’t finish college was just over 15% while the unemployment rate for those who achieved a bachelor’s degree or higher dropped to only 3.6%. For more findings on the 13-year employment rate vs. education study click here.
Travel More: Fun Fact – Air vs. Road Travel. According to the U.S. Travel Association in 2012, nearly 79% of leisure trips were by car yet 33% of domestic business trips were by plane.
Find a Better Job: In study completed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics examining the work force figures for 2013 showed that while the work force continued to improve gradually, the number of Americans employed also trended upward. As of the end of the final quarter of 2013, 10.8 million people were classified as being unemployed which factors out to a national unemployment rate of 7.0 percent which is 0.8 percentage points lower than it was in 2012.
Save More Money / Manage Debt: As of December 2014, the average U.S. household was $15,600 in credit card debt and still owed an average of over $150,000 dollars on their home mortgage. In addition, the average college student racked up a bill of over $32,000 in tuition debt. However, studies show that individuals with lower incomes tend to also take on the least debt.
Be More Environmentally Conscious:
– About 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away by Americans every hour.
– 25 billion Styrofoam coffee cups are thrown away every year.
– The average American home uses about 300 gallons of water every day.
De-stress / Manage Stress Better: Individuals who are under stress may feel angry, irritable, worried, depressed, or unable to focus. Common physical signs include, but are not limited to:
– Back Pain
– Trouble Sleeping
– Frequent Illness
– Nausea or Upset Stomach
– Muscle Aches
– Weight Loss or Gain
Quit Smoking: To date, more than 16 million Americans suffer from an illness or disease that is a direct result from smoking cigarettes. It is estimated that approximately 18.1% of Americans are classified as current smokers that totals around 42.1 million people.