Sunday, May 27, 2012


The first of the 26 principles
is to
ACHIEVE goals, objectives,
and results.


To bring to a perfected future state. To carry to a final close. To accomplish or perform a feat, exploit, or enterprise. To obtain or gain, as the result of exertion. To finish. To win.

Similar to: Accomplish, fulfill, complete, execute, perform, realize, obtain.
Opposites: Blow it, choke, fail, fall short, lose, miss, quit.


Destiny is not a matter of chance;
it is a matter of choice.
It is not to be waited for;
it is to be achieved.
— William Jennings Bryan

There is nothing that cannot be
achieved by firm imagination.
Japanese Proverb

I want to put a ding in the universe.
— Steve Jobs

Those who dare to fail miserably,
can achieve greatly.
— John F. Kennedy

When one door closes another opens;
but we often look so long and so
regret­fully upon the closed door,
that we do not see the ones
which open for us.
— Alexander Graham Bell

The future belongs to those who get there first — to those who ACHIEVE.

The word “achieve” comes from the French “achever” (to finish) and “chef” (chief). In short, chiefs finish things. Each of us has an innate need to achieve, but true leaders achieve their goals before others — and finish what they start.


We don’t know what we’re capable of until we envision ourselves out of our existing situation. For example:
Raised on a poor farm by her grandmother, who taught her to read at age 3, Oprah Winfrey was the first African-American woman billionaire. The ability to read launched her career: she began reciting readings at church, and her books revealed new life options. Watching her grandmother boiling clothes one day (they had no washing machine) she had a vision of the need to change her life. Challenged by her father to be an “A” student, she became an honors grad. She also became a radio announcer while still in high school and a TV anchor while still attending university. By 1985, at age 31, she had the Oprah Show with a 20+ million world audience, her own production company Harpo, an Oscar nomination in movies, and was planning her book club and magazine. Oprah changed her life and, in turn, views her calling as helping other people change their lives. She says that only by accepting your life can you change it, and that success is about reaching the point where you are comfortable with yourself and your role in life. In 1998, Time magazine named her one of the most influential people of the century. In 2001, she was chosen to co-host the memorial service at Yankee Stadium for the 9/11 victims. In 2004, Wharton business school named her one of the most influential business people of the last 25 years. Her production company generates $314 million in annual revenues. These and many other achievements are a story of steely determination to change her lot in life, an unswerving focus, and a selfless approach to helping others to do likewise.

To achieve your goals, force yourself out of your comfort zone, realistically access your present situation and future possibilities, and you will achieve them. Set your priority and go for it.


How achievement-oriented am I?
How about our organization?
What do we feel most passionate about?
What’s the #1 priority for us to achieve?
What will we look like when it’s done?

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