“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
When we are asked the question, what is your greatest accomplishment or achievement, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe when you first learned how to ride a bike? When you conquered your fear of rollercoasters? When you finally tried that new food you’ve always been hesitant to try?
An achievement is the act of achieving, an accomplishment. It is also known as a result gained by effort, a great or heroic deed and or the quality and quantity of a student’s work. This can be recognized as more of a guideline to what an achievement is, but in actuality, an achievement is what you make it. Achievements and accomplishments are goals you attain that you believe and affirm to be significant, despite what anyone says. Maybe it’s the first time you ran a marathon, or the first time you climbed a mountain. If you correlate that action you took to something that was attained as a great GOAL, that in itself, is an accomplishment to you.
Dale Carnegie principle 27 from the Goldenbook is as follows; “Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise”. The first time I read that, I had no idea what it meant. It seemed very wordy and very cliché. Granted I was very cynical at the time. I thought to myself… “What do you mean praise each improvement… losing five pounds is NOT an improvement!”… But it is. Whatsoever you believe to be a great achievement is INDEED a great achievement.
How many of us give OURSELVES praise to the slightest improvements and achievements? Now these may be things that may not seem important to other people, but we KNOW deep down in our hearts that it took a lot of willpower to accomplish. Dale Carnegie puts value in what you as an individual deem as vital, whether it is as something as small as losing five pounds or taking time to workout once a week instead of not working out at all. Of course what you think is significant may or may not have a role in another person’s life, but we still need to honor things that are important to others, especially when talking with them. “Talk in terms of the other persons interest,” Dale Carnegie says… Works every time.
Session three teaches upon great achievements and revisits our vision statement. I had a lot of self realization during this session! We were required at the end of the session to give a talk on what our greatest achievement was and why we chose to share that achievement. This session really helped me in efforts to getting to know the participants on a greater level and develop a closer bond with them. We revisited our vision statements by just keeping them as a little reminder to ourselves that we are who we say we are. In session one, I decided on a vision statement which is as follows: I am a vision coordinator, with great insight that impacts my coworkers, and those around me in my personal life. I have to say that this vision statement has been something I carry around in my pocket; not literally, but I have been reminding myself of this whenever I am faced with challenges, or simply need a quick pick me up. Instead of “I will be an image coordinator”, I put value and emphasis on “I am”.
I encourage you to try it! Whether it’s “I am an empowering man” or “I am my husband’s encourager”, to try coming up with an encouraging, motivating statement that you can strongly apply to your daily life. Maybe it’s something you choose to read every morning while you’re getting ready for work, or something you utilize as a mental reminder next time you have a more difficult task at hand. Telling yourself that hey, I am great and I am who I say I am gives you such power and strength, mentally physically and emotionally. It’s a genuine self pick me up that can really impact your life.
Session three was definitely a reminder for me that I have achieved some darn good things in life! Haha. And it gave me such an immense opportunity to unite with my classmates and expand upon the bond that I feel is only going to cultivate more and more.
Next week I will touch base with you guys on my makeup session four (I know, I know, Ive been so busy… Check out my blog about Dale Carnegie make up sessions here—-) and update you on some of the challenges I faced during Session five. Stay tuned!
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