The Importance Of Having Aspirations #Inspirations_Follows_Aspirations

Last Update on March 25, 2022 : Published on March 25, 2022

We all have dreams, hopes, ambitions, and goals. This is what aspirations mean. Aspirations are something we wish to achieve. But, sometimes we get into demotivation or negative thoughts which stop us from achieving our goals. From the above statements, it is quite clear that we need aspirations to achieve a goal. Often, aspiration is used synonymously with goals. However, they hold important differences. If you will observe properly:

  • Goals are backed up with actions.
  • Aspirations are future-focused and are general.

Sadhguru appropriately quoted, “If you do not value the importance of aspirations, you do not value your future.” Hence, it is really important to have aspirations in life; they not only help us in achieving goals but also help in maintaining motivation throughout the journey. In this blog, let us conclude the importance of aspirations along with how to develop aspirations. So, let’s get started.

Definition of Aspirations

Aspiration is a dream, goal, hope. It is a positive word that uplifts our motivation to achieve more in life. Since we aspire to become something, there are different types of aspirations based on career, personal, and social goals.

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Types of Aspirations

According to psychology, there are two types of aspirations:

1. Intrinsic Aspirations: Intrinsic aspirations help in satisfying our psychological needs. These aspirations play an essential part in improving our overall well-being.

2.Extrinsic Aspirations: Extrinsic aspirations are centered on achieving outcomes like becoming famous, rich, entrepreneur, and more. Such goals impact our overall well-being. Not only this, but such aspirations consume sources of our intrinsic aspirations.

Let’s understand these two types of aspirations briefly:

Intrinsic Aspirations

As mentioned above, intrinsic aspirations are based on creating a meaningful relationship with others, having better mental and physical wellbeing, contributing to our community, and growing positively. Overall, intrinsic aspirations are based on affiliation, health, personal growth, and generativity. Below are some of the common examples of intrinsic aspirations:

1.Social aspirations

Social aspirations are based on doing socializing things like building relationships, making friends, volunteering, or doing something for the community.

2.Skill aspirations

Some aspirations are centered on becoming talented or skilled by showing your talents and interests. For example, some people show their dance talent on social media platforms to show their talents and skills.

3.Family aspirations

Family aspirations are those aspirations that are based on our families. They revolve around doing things that help in building strong relationships with family members or partners. For example, getting married, starting a relationship, or planning kids.

Meanwhile, if you observe properly, aspirations that are career-related are the combinations of intrinsic and extrinsic aspirations. Such goals are associated with self-awareness, community contributions, and personal growth.

Extrinsic Aspirations

Extrinsic aspirations are based on achieving things which physically attractive for example becoming healthy, wealthy, or being popular. As per psychology, there are two types of extrinsic aspirations:

1.Financial Aspirations

Financial aspirations are based on money and they are centered on achieving specific goals related to finances.

2.Popularity Goals

Popularity goals are the most common type of extrinsic goals. They are centered on becoming famous on a large scale.

Meanwhile, financial aspirations are most common but they can have negative outcomes as well. Research shows that it can also have impacts on self-worth and can result in decreased autonomy, stress, and anxiety.

Develop Aspirations with these Ways

Aspirations can be developed with the below-mentioned three ways”

  • Self-aspiration

Self-aspiration comes from you and is set by yourself. In order to develop self-aspiration, you can begin the process by doing a self-analysis to improve your strengths and weaknesses. If you are planning a long-term goal, you might have to cross your boundaries beyond experience and thinking to achieve goals. It is mostly based on your thinking pattern.

  • Shared aspiration

Shared aspiration comes from observance. When you begin to observe people around you like friends, colleagues, and family members, you begin to develop shared aspirations. In this type of aspiration, it might happen that your goals and objectives match with them. However, the point is that this type of aspiration cannot last for a long time. If you wish to achieve something on your own, you should not focus or observe what others are doing, you must focus on yourself.

  • Guided aspiration

In this type of aspiration, you seek aspiration from someone. They can be your teachers, mentors, or parents. Guided aspiration can be commonly seen in an organization. The best example of guided aspiration is the military. Guided aspirations are long-lasting.

Tips for Reaching your Desired Aspirations

Here are some quick tips to reach your desired aspirations:

  • Keep asking questions.
  • Give yourself some time.
  • Avoid comparison and learn from others.
  • Find your purpose and work on them.
  • Define your goalsand set them.
  • Seek support if required.

I hope this blog helps you with understanding the importance of having aspirations. Comment down “What aspirations mean to you.”

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About The Author

Aayushi Kapoor
Aayushi Kapoor

Aayushi is a Content Creator at Calm Sage. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food Technology and a Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Her constant interest in the improvement of mental health, nutrition, and overall wellness embarked upon her career as a “full-time educational writer.” She likes to make an asynchronous connection with her readers. Her mantra for living life is "What you seek is seeking you".


  1. Manish Panchal
    Manish Panchal

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on how important it is to be aspirational. I think one is inspired to aspire. And hence inspiration doesn't follow aspirations. Read my Book DEFINE YOUR ORBIT' It features Unique Concept Hierarchy of Aspirational Orbits

    1. CS Team
      CS Team

      Hello Manish, Thanks for reading the article! We're so glad we could help you. keep Sharing Love.

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