Completion, accomplishment, performance.
The wonderful thing about achievement is that we can find it in almost anything we do. Whether the goal or task we set ourselves is great or small we can gain a sense of achievement from its completion. However, as we often say at Lanfranc, why simply aim to complete something when you can excel at it? Why do just enough when you could do so much more?
All human beings gain some satisfaction from knowing that something is complete or that they have succeeded in accomplishing something that they struggled to finish before or achieved a better outcome than on previous attempts.
Many of you will be asked to help around the house whilst in isolation. Don’t begrudge these requests. Do the best job you can do and take pride in all that you do. You may not realise it now but the diverse experiences we have each day and week of our lives help us to learn and acquire skills that will serve us well throughout our lives.
Last week I wrote that it was important to “plan your day”. The Roman stoic philosopher Seneca (c.4BC – 65AD) put it like this: “If a person doesn’t know to which port they sail, no wind is favourable”. Set your goal, decide what you want to achieve, and then plan your route to success. It’s rare that we achieve things accidentally. Accomplishments are almost always the result of a long process of working towards a goal or solution.
What does achievement mean for you? What do you want to achieve and how can this unique situation help you to achieve it?
How will you exercise this Lanfranc value whilst in isolation?
Please send any examples of your achievements to the firstname.lastname@example.org address so we can share with and inspire others.