We each dream in our own way, and just as no two snowflakes are alike, so too is each person's vision uniquely their own. To a degree everyone has ambitions, whether they realize it or not. Those who would not describe themselves as having great aspirations do, nonetheless, dream, even if they don't see it as such.
In order to better understand this, it's helpful to first get a handle on exactly what constitutes a dream in the first place. Must it be a grand scheme before it can be placed in this category, or does the desire to eat on a regular basis and have a warm place to sleep also qualify? The answer to this question is, "it depends." If you've been sleeping on a park bench and haven't had a meal in two days, I can assure you that this would qualify as a worthy ambition, to be sure.
It is with these thoughts that we arrive at the heart of the matter. As in so many other things, the most significant consideration in judging one's personal ambitions is perspective. What's important to me might not matter in the slightest to you, nor should it. We each lead very individual lives. Consequently, we cannot compare our dreams with those of others, since no one else experiences quite the life that you do.
Although it's true that there are many in the world who are content to rise each morning, go to sleep each night and not worry too much about what happens in between, if we dig deep enough most of us will see a ladder beckoning upward, an invitation and a challenge to reach for something better. We are, of course, free to ignore this vision and walk around it. Among the great throngs of people who are unhappy with their lives, you will therefore find many a dusty and unclimbed ladder.
This does not mean that each and every person should dedicate their lives to attaining a Nobel prize or becoming a movie star. Our talents and abilities are as diverse as our personalities. However, like a ladder, there are small, incremental steps that we can all take to build a better future and realize those personal accomplishments that contribute to a more satisfying daily experience. The only requirement is understanding where the ladder is leading us.
No matter what your dreams and visions, there's one thing that they all have in common, and that's you. Even if your ambitions are selfless and involve helping others, you are nonetheless a central character in the play, for it is through your own existence that you will bring these dreams to life. Consequently, before you can achieve the next level of success, you must first have a clear picture of the life that you wish to build. What, precisely, is the perfect you?
This question alone can do more to further your goals than any individual action you can take. The simple fact of the matter is that a great many otherwise talented and capable people never feel that they've achieved success because they don't have a clear picture in mind of what they're working towards.
Since the tangible elements of achievement are never more than a mirror to our soul, the surest path to a better life begins with contemplation. What kind of person do you really want to be? If you could rent a fairy godmother for an afternoon with the express purpose of creating the perfect you, what would you look like after you'd been bonked on the head with a magic wand?
When you've spent enough time reflecting on these things and have a clear and unwavering picture of the person you want to become, you'll find that much of the clutter in your life will give way to an unobstructed, obvious path, leading to the life that you truly want to live.