What is the secret to achieving? I think there are many and then there are lots of straightforward answers too. We can study countless books, biographies of others and use trial and error, in the end, it will depend on what you want to achieve and how willing you are to achieve it.
Let’s take a closer look at achieving.
Definition of achievement
Succeed in doing or producing something: accomplish
(Australian Oxford Dictionary 2014)
When can you think back to things that you have achieved and been proud of? What are some of the main things that you can recall?
- Effort put in
Can you think of anything else? If so write it down in regards to what you previously achieved, the list above is by no means exhaustive, but it will start you thinking.
To achieve anything whether it be to finish education/training, master a skill/sport, cook a delicious dinner, bring up children, save money, make money, plant and maintain a garden, get and stay fit and fabulous, one thing remains the same; we need to be prepared to consistently try, do, change, adapt, review, seek, practice. All of these words represent ‘EFFORT’.
To achieve anything we need to be prepared to put the EFFORT in.
As one of Aesop’s fables reads:
The Ox-driver and /Herakles
An ox-driver was bringing a wagon towards town. The wagon fell down into a deep ravine. But instead of doing anything to get it out, the ox-driver stood without doing a thing and merely invoked Herakles among all the gods whom he particularly honoured. Herakles appeared to him and said:
‘Put your hand to the wheels, goad the oxen, and do not invoke the gods without making some effort yourself. Otherwise, you will invoke them in vain’ (Aesop: The Complete Fables 1998).
So, now think back to when you were most proud of achieving something and remember the effort you put in to achieving it and be prepared to do that again and again and again. Are you ready to achieve?
Have a great day!
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