Positive psychology: Achievement

Achievement in positive psychology and wellbeing is more about taking steps forward, and seeing these as achievements and is less of a focus on the goal itself.

This information will help you:

  • define and explore achievement in the context of positive psychology
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What is the key to achievement?

Many people strive to better themselves, whether this is winning a competition, or learning a new skill. Achievement can also be described as accomplishment which can be recorded and celebrated with each new learning in incremental steps, both large and small.

The key to achievement is to set goals, short, medium and long term objectives. Your goals need to be measureable, achievable and challenging enough to keep you engaged, but not too difficult that they are not achievable.

Thinking flexibly and accurately is not only a skill that is prominent in positive psychology but also one of the 7 key elements of resiliency. For further information on flexible and accurate thinking, teachers can also find information and practical skill building activities in our ‘Building Resiliency in Young People’ resource.

It is important to take time to measure and celebrate successes along the way - ‘It’s the journey, not the destination

Need an idea on how to celebrate success in your classroom or workplace? See our Celebrating Success list of activities


Points to remember

  • Set short, medium and long term goals
  • Track your goals and achievements
  • Be flexible and open to altering your goals as you progress
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