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Accomplishment and success

posted 2014-09-25 by Donna

Have you had the experience of not feeling very satisfied about a significant success?

I have. A significant result was reached in something I had been involved in. Along with others, I had expended considerable effort towards the project. I was congratulated for my contribution towards the result.

I didn't experience joy, or excitement, or a sense of accomplishment. Why was that?

Because I hadn't set the end result as a goal. It was something that I supported, fully believed in, and contributed effort towards. But I had never taken the time to set any conscious goals around it. So I cheated myself out of the sense of accomplishment that I might otherwise have had.

How important is a sense of accomplishment? It is important. Success feeds on itself. Everything that you accomplish through your work acts as a foundation for what's next. Setting things up so that you have the opportunity to experience the accomplishment is an important part of contributing your best work.