Ambitious Dreams and their Interpretations

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Let’s talk a bit about having ambitious dreams. Ambitious dreams is something that we probably all have at one time or another. I’m not talking about “dreams” in the sense of setting goals in the waking life, but dream we have while sleeping.
Having ambitions is one of the most envying traits that we humans have. Striving to accomplish goals and to better ourselves is one of the things that keeps us on track to become better people. These personal ambitions will often find their way into our unconscious dream land as our desires to accomplish become more important.
Dreams are considered to be a way of overcompensating for shortcomings in our waking lives. Some dreams may be considered a way of fulfilling our whishes and hopes, but they may also offer us a look into our daily progress toward accomplishing our goals.
Sometimes we can interpret our dreams easily, simply because they are quite literal. Meaning if you dream of winning the gold medal at the Olympics, and you are in fact an Olympic athlete, then this is easy to understand. But some dreams are loaded with symbolism which make them harder to understand.
That is why I’d like to go over several ambitious dream scenarios so that we may better comprehend what our dreams may be trying to tell us. We touched briefly on dreams about climbing in my post Dream Meanings and Interpretations for Various Activities, but I want to go into more detail about climbing dreams and how they are related to our ambitions.

Ambitious Dreams of Climbing

According to Freud, dreams of climbing may represent a longing for sexual fulfillment. But another widely accepted interpretation for ambitious dreams of climbing suggest they are about us reaching our goals in the waking life.


The thing you are climbing may represent the scale of what ever task it is that you’ve set for yourself. Then by reaching the top of your climb signifies the height of your aspirations. Take a look to determine whether or not you’ve actually reached the top of your climb, or if you may of lost sight of your goals.


Dream Interpretations for Various Climbing

Climbing a Hill

Climbing a hill in your dreams may be interpreted as a harder and longer challenge that you expected. Was the uphill climb a struggle for you? And if you did reach the top, how did you do it?


Were you actually able to see the top of the hill you were climbing, or did you ascend while keeping your head down? If you kept your head down during the climb, you may of lost sight of your goals. Take note of whether you were climbing this hill alone, or if someone was with you. If someone was with you, were they helpful, or did they slow you down?


Climb a Ladder in Your Dreams

Dreams of climbing ladders may represent either a corporate or social ladder. Each step you take on the ladder may signify another step forward in the social or corporate ladder.


A little bit harder interpretation of this type of dream would be it symbolizing the masculine qualities of power, drive and ambition you may need in order to get to the top. It is said that if you climb the ladder all the way to the top, then you will soon be successful in business.


Climb a Mountain in Your Dreams

This challenge is symbolic of a test of endurance, skill, strength and stamina. Was the task easy for you or was it challenging? Was it an easy climb, or did it seem quite difficult and tiring?


Climbing Stairs in Your Dreams

This may represent an excellent amount of ambition. The thing to recognize is whether or not you climb the stairs with confidence or with fear. It’s possible that your unconscious could be reminding you not to be egotistical which could cause you to climb too high. It’s a well known fact that others do not accept arrogance very well. If someone is trying to knock you down from your climb, then this could be the case. It’s important to be careful and take each step with caution.


To Climb Over Walls

If while dreaming you come face to face with a wall that you must climb over to continue your journey, it means there may be obstacles standing in your way. These obstacles are encounters in the waking life and you need to find a way to overcome them.


Dreaming You’re On Top of the World

If you make it to the top of your climb while dreaming ask yourself this. Did you feel you were on top of the world? If this is the case, then your dream is trying to tell you to use these skills in the waking life. This will help you to find success, understand the motivation you experienced while dreaming.


Once at the top, did you notice what was left behind? Were there people and places that you’ve tried to avoid in the waking life there?


Another thing to understand is, if you didn’t make it to the top, were you able to retrace your steps? If you reached the summit, then your dream could be telling you to take another look at your goals and possibly reformulate them.


Struggling to Climb Uphill in Your Dreams

This would involve climbing or driving up a very steep hill. Your progress may be quite slow and may seem like more than you or your vehicle can manage. It’s possible you may wonder why you even went this route. This type of dream may represent a particular struggle in your waking life that you’re having to deal with currently.


You may not of expected the incline to be quite this hard to tackle. This can be associated with great deals of stress of pressure to meet deadlines. The steepness of the incline can signify the difficulty of the challenge.


There is only one way to reach the top and that is to pace yourself and keep moving forward. This could also mean you need to take better care of yourself in order to accomplish your goals. If you can practice this in everyday life while taking things step at a time, it will make your tasks a lot less stressful.


More Scenarios for Ambitious Dreams

Here are a few more scenarios related to dreams about ambition, I’ll go over these in short.

Jumping in Your Dreams

Jumping up in your dreams can relate to bettering yourself. Jumping down may represent you going down into your unconscious to discover parts of yourself not yet discovered.


Jumping in place represents joy. Making a perfect jump means you will soon make a great decision about something. But if you jump and miss the spot you’re trying to jump to, then you may of made some bad decisions.


Dreams about Racing

Racing dreams often times are related to work. If you are racing against a stop watch or clock, this signifies the pressure you are feeling or the level you hope to achieve. If you race past your opponents, this may mean you are moving ahead in waking life.


If you are simply keeping up with the others, then it’s possible you may easily fall behind in life. And of course if you’re falling behind in the race, then improvements are needed in life to get ahead.


Running Dreams

Running in your dreams is considered a good sign. This usually signifies you are moving in a positive direction and at a good pace. Running forward represents confidence and responsibility. While running backwards suggests you’re struggling to accomplish your goals. But if you are trying to run and aren’t able to, then this means your ambitions are harder than you thought.

Ok folks, that’s a pretty good list of dream scenarios to take note of. There are tons of possibilites that may relate to your dreams, but these are some of the more widely accepted interpretations. Next week we’ll go over dreams that represent being desperate for success.
Dreaming things like cheating, dodging something, fame, wealth and treasure may all be associated with a desperation for success. We’ll go over quite of few of them next week in our Dream Series.
Have you had any dreams related to ambition lately? Were you able to find meaning in them here?

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13 thoughts on “Ambitious Dreams and their Interpretations
  1. Wow, such an informative and helpful post about interpreting ambitious dreams. Just hope to remember my night dreams…I could hardly remember those in the mornings…

    1. Dream recall is a very hard thing to master. It’s pretty important to keep a dream journal next to your bed and write everything down you can remember immediately upon waking. You might check out this post below, it will give you a lot more information on how to better remember your dreams. 🙂

  2. Nice post Robert!
    I guess I will now know better what my dreams mean! Not that I remember them when I wake up! 😉

    1. Oh man have I ever had some doozies before. But seems after about five minutes of waking up I can’t remember a single detail. That’s where a dream journal by the bed comes in handy. I’ve started using one and I write down anything and everything I can remember immediately upon opening my eyes. Really helps with dream recall.

  3. I have a question.Is dream or ambitious dream conflict our real and natural thoughts?I have got a survey about dream of some people report was as most of people are addicted and get frustrated to involve ambitious dream cause minor of them get success about their dream.

    1. Well, it’s true that some people may allow their dreams to dictate how they make decisions in the waking life. But I don’t believe that dreams are absolute, everyone has the ability to control their actions.

  4. This is really a nice topic and i got a lots of idea from here and happy to read all about dreams cause i love dreams.

  5. dreams are always something that can’t be predicted. I’ve ever experienced about the jumping down dream..it was amazing at first, but not when it makes you wake up surprised.

    1. yah those are the scariest dreams of all. They say if you don’t wake up before you hit the bottom that you could actually die in real life.

  6. well, i heard from some people said, dreams actually is when your soul divided from your body and wandering somewhere. i don’t know if it’s true or not..kinda scary if its true.

    1. You know, there may be something to that eddy. Some people categorize dreams with an astral plane of existence, but that would definitely be a hard thing to determine for sure.

  7. My climbing dreams are usually based on a place in a house, such as, I need or want to get into a room or area of a house or building and there aren’t any stairs, so , I have to climb somehow to get there. I always make it but it is usually somewhat difficult. I feel that it maybe that I am struggling with my recent goals in life, which I am. I have had these dreams for about 4 years and this is how long I have been trying to reach certain goals. Your thoughts?

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