Accomplishment vs Achievement
In light of the recent gradings this week, and looking at how each of you has progressed in your martial arts training, I thought I would look at the subjects of Accomplishment and Achievement for today’s blog.
I first came across a great article I found regarding the differences on Achievement and Accomplishment.
This prompted me to write my own take on the subject, and how it relates to your martial arts training and in life. I hope you find these articles informative and enlightening.
Accomplishment vs Achievement – The accomplished student is a successful student. By Patty O’Grady Ph.D.
Achievement is most commonly associated with a letter grade, percentile, standardized mean, or other metric. A relentless pursuit of an A grade often obscures, if not obstructs, the learning process. The grade as instructional product – rather than learning as educational process – distorts achievement. Positive psychology suggests that there is a distinction between achievement that is focused on quantitative scores and accomplishment that is focused on qualitative results.
Achievement typically measures an externally imposed standard. Accomplishment typically describes an internally motivated goal.
Accomplishment is the inventory of what children have done well in the past and what they aspire to do well in the future for personal satisfaction and lasting fulfillment. Accomplishment is the pursuit and practice of academic, social, and emotional intentions and excellence at home, at work, at school, and at play, meeting personal goals, and deriving satisfaction from the process.
An accomplished child or youth is elected leader in the friendship club, plays the piano because he loves music, and reads a book because he is curious about a subject. He studies for a test because he wants to do well, writes a letter because he misses his aunt, draws a picture because it calms him, acts brave because others are counting on him, and teaches tolerance because he empathizes with the sting of unfair treatment.
An accomplished child or youth sorts out emotions when confused, engages strength when discouraged, makes friends when lonely, summons courage when called to it, contributes in meaningful ways when uncertain, and enjoys authentic accomplishment as the fruit of their labor.
Students learn to leverage their emotional skills to accomplish their personal and academic goals. The goal of positive psychology is to systematically teach children about their emotionality, their strengths, the requirements of friendships, the meaning of life, and to take pride in their efforts and accomplishments.
The accomplishment that begets success requires deferred gratification, self-efficacy, and tenacity that empower determination and motivation despite adversity. The measure of the positive psychology teaching taxonomy of success is the degree to which children can establish personal goals, direct effort toward those goals, and accomplish them or edit them with equanimity.
If children and adolescent truly know their emotions, can identify their strengths, can build grit, connect with others, can find meaning no matter the tasks, and can become accomplished classroom citizens, they will achieve more academically. Achievement is a by-product of accomplishment.
The accomplished student knows an ‘A’ is more than three sticks.
I have written my own article in my own words, on the subject of Accomplishment and Achievement in your martial arts training and in life.
by Shibo Peter Anthony Boland
“Enjoy and experience the process” is something you hear a lot in martial arts. Although, too many are tied to earning a certain colour, rank or social stature (achievement). If they fail to be where they want to be, they quit. If it gets too hard or they feel the improvement is slowing down, they quit. They have forgotten the value of the process, the experience, dealing with adversity and getting satisfaction out of being disciplined and working hard to achieve their goals. The need to be above anybody else (personal ego and self-obsession) have no place in real martial arts, nor in any part of our lives.
Unfortunately, children and adults alike are set up from childhood to be competitive. Those who do not take to this ideal are often low in self-esteem, put to the side and have a low social standing. Sometimes these children even have a hard time at home for not being competitive or not having a winning attitude. Even if a child has great parents, how do you compete with other family members, school, internet, media, sports teams and the environment we all grow up in.
Self-Improvement is an Accomplishment
Real martial arts education promotes self-improvement in every facet of our lives. Although, self-improvement is the ultimate and never ending process which lives in the heart and soul of true martial arts. The ultimate journey leads you to being a role model and mentor to help better other people’s lives. This gives you purpose and true satisfaction. While you are self-motivated and persevering to being the best you can be, you are inadvertently being a role model to others. You do what you do because you are passionate and this affects you and others.
Whether you like it or not you are a leader. Good or Bad. Your personal influence can effect total strangers, acquaintances, friends, family and children. Every time someone sees you doing something or saying something. Every time you come into contact with another person you will leave a mark. Sometimes a forgetful and often meaningless subconscious mark, sometimes and everlasting large mark. A mark nonetheless.
Sometimes the lack of confidence can also affect the will to try new things, fearing failure. This includes sports that you might enjoy, not because of the competitiveness, but the sheer enjoyment in playing. The enjoyment in playing a game for the game is weaning away fast. If I asked most of the children before they played against another team, what is your goal? The responses 9 out of 10 times is “to beat the other team” not “to have a great game and have fun“. We have lost our sense of accomplishment and focus purely on achievement. This is affecting the ability to learn and grow as a human being. We must be focused on our own personal growth and journey. Especially if you wish to lead others.
Let me explain this further. The only way you can truly help others is to be walking the path yourself. There are a lot of people preaching the good. To be truly heard, respected and effective in helping others, you must first help yourself and start the journey on being the very best human being you can be. Mentally, Emotionally & Physically. Without this balance there is no Yin/Yang.
Every time you set a goal it should be out of personal satisfaction, curiosity, the genuine need to put your best efforts forward and being proud that you did. Failure is but a stepping stone to learning, self-realization and understanding accomplishment. Life is certainly full of adversity, ups and downs as well as a variety of learning processes and tests. Understanding accomplishment will give you the self-motivation and courage to get through things that will arise.
Keys to Accomplishment
Correct martial arts mentoring and association builds character, through discipline and virtues such as: patience, honesty, integrity and understanding which are keys to accomplishment. True learning and growth can only be gained when you know that you are only ever competing with yourself. You must endure the fatigues, challenges and life’s obstacles to gain a real respect for yourself and for others.
Self-improvement is never ending, but a grade or colour is just a grade or colour. Life’s learning process is huge. Nutrition, fitness of mind and body, values and principles, body language, communication, survival, as well as chasing curiosities and interests. The list goes on and on. Do you care, or did you quit on learning and growing a long time ago and become another cog in the engine?. Take reading for example. Reading is something you should do because you seek knowledge, not because you have to. You can take someone’s life work and read all their thoughts they developed over years of experience! That’s powerful stuff.
When you practice your martial arts make sure you have a clear understanding of what you are there for. Most people at the beginning will say, for fitness, self-defence or I always wanted to learn Kung Fu. Parents say they want their child to focus or that they wish to build up their child’s confidence. I hope by reading this blog, you can see how deep the rabbit hole goes in martial arts education. You will be amazed at how martial arts can transform a person’s life. Self-improvement is a fantastic saying, because to me that should be the goal of every human being. Martial arts training (from the right teacher in the right environment) will enhance on all aspects of a person’s life, child or adult. This will give them the gift of understanding true accomplishment, and set the path to opening all other doors in their life. An individual’s possibilities in life are influenced purely by their attitude and their environment.
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