In our previous blog post we spoke about the benefits of having and maintaining a personal achievements list in order to make this year your year of success. Personal Achievement Lists are often overlooked in our busy lives, however the value of knowing what you want to achieve and being able to tick them off as you see each one come to pass is priceless. Don’t let this year get away from you! Make the most of each day by knowing what it is you want to accomplish. We have compiled some information, stories and quotes to further your understanding on the topic.
“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish all tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”
The only thing that limits our achievements is the thought that we can’t achieve. When it all boils down, people who say they can, can, and people who say they can’t, can’t.
Or, as Henry Ford said: ‘If you think you can or you think you can’t, you are probably right.’
Which is one reason why, to motivate oneself and to record progress, a personal achievement list is well worth considering.
Research into achievement motivation by Harvard’s David C. McClelland reveals that:
- Achievers have a deep interest in their work, and seek success and the feeling of having done something well.
- They prefer situations in which they can take personal responsibility for their performance.
- They like to get feedback as to how well they are doing and they respond to such feedback.
- They like to have control over their work and require measurements to know how well they are doing, so that they can bask in the joy of accomplishment.*
A personal achievement list is a useful tool in this regard.
*Thomas Quick, The Manager’s Motivation Desk Book, John Wiley, NY, 1985, pp. 107-109.
Wise words for achievers…
If your list is to have a significant effect on your own productivity as a manager and achiever, then remember:
- If what you did yesterday still looks significant to you, then you mightn’t have done much today.
- Unless you undertake more than you possibly can do, you will never do all that you can.
- It isn’t how much you know, but what you get done that the world rewards and remembers.
‘There is no success without hardship.’
‘The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.’
‘Many people confuse achieving day-to-day business goals with performing truly satisfying work.’
(‘Reawakening Your Passion for Work’, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee and Daniel Goleman, Harvard Business Review, April 2002, p.89.)
‘It has always been my belief that a man should do his best, regardless of how much he receives for his services, or the number of people he may be serving, or the class of people served.’
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