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Journaling Prompts

Fulfillment: What makes you feel fulfilled in your life? Do you create goals to achieve that are different in your personal life and your life outside the home? Do the two conflict with each other or are they symbiotic? Are you someone who longs for something different than what you already have? Does fulfillment in your life depend on acquiring something or someone, or are you at peace with what you have?

School and Learning: Did you enjoy your school years or were you thrilled when they were over? What were your favorite subjects in school and do they have any relationship to what you do today for a living or as a hobby? What did you learn that sticks with you today? Did you have a favorite teacher or coach, and what did they help you achieve in school and beyond? Did their encouragement change your perception of yourself?

Accomplishment: What are the greatest accomplishments in your life so far? Are the things you have accomplished the things you set out to do early in life, or did your goals change from childhood to early adulthood to now? After accomplishing something important, do you give yourself time to bask in the glow of your success or do you quickly move onto the next thing on your list? Is your ‘accomplishment-meter’ based on your own analysis of your success, or on external approval?

Undertaking, Steps and Effort: How hard do you work to achieve your goals and to reach your dreams? Do you see and feel the impact of the effort you put forth or do you feel that your efforts have not been rewarded? Are you able to do all you can and then let go of the outcome, or do you wish to control your destiny more? How easily do you give up when faced with adversity? Do you plan the steps you take to reach your goals, or do they develop as you start on your path?

Failure: Is there such a thing as failing, or are you a believer that every failure is just a step on your path to a different success? Is failure a sign that you’ve actually tried difficult things? Are you quick to rebound after a failure or are you slower to recover. Has there ever been a time when you’ve closed your ears to the voices of others telling you that your failures meant it was time to stop trying? Have you ever looked back at a past failure and seen the meaning in it from the long view? What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Advancement: What advancements or achievements in science have had the largest impact on your life? Can you imagine a world without certain medicines, technological advances, or gadgets? Has any such advancement changed your life, or your family’s life in a meaningful way – saving or changing the quality of life for someone you love? A cell phone letting someone in trouble get help, or a medical technology saving a life?

Commencement: The word ‘commence’ stands for both an ending and a beginning, as every ending is related to a beginning of some kind. What endings and beginnings have meant the most in your life, in a positive or a negative way?

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Envy is the only name she could find for the monstrous thing she faced, but it was much worse than envy: it was the profound hatred of life, of success and of all human values, felt by a certain kind of mediocrity...the kind who feels pleasure on hearing about a stranger's misfortune. It was hatred of the good for being the good...hatred of ability, of beauty, of honesty, of earnestness, of achievement and, above all, of human joy. Ayn Rand

There are only two roads that lead to something like human happiness. They are marked by the words: love and achievement. In order to be happy oneself it is necessary to make at least one other person happy. The secret of human happiness is not in self-seeking but in self-forgetting. Theodor Reik

Dreaming is wonderful, goal setting is crucial, but action is supreme. To make something great happen you must get busy and make it happen. Take that action step today that will put you on your path to achievement. Greg Werner

Periods of tranquility are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up. Alfred North Whitehead

The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become. Harold Taylor

The American Dream is one of the greatest ideas in the history of human achievement . . . It thrives today in an age when its core components of freedom and opportunity are open to more Americans than ever before. It holds a real, identifiable place in the American heart and mind, and it informs the aspirations of everyone from farmers to software developers, from detectives to bankers, from soldiers to social workers . . . It defines us as a people, even as we add to its meaning with each new chapter in our national experience and our individual actions. Dan Rather

The three great American vices seem to be efficiency, punctuality, and the desire for achievement and success. They are the things that make the Americans so unhappy and so nervous. Lin Yutang

Art -- the one achievement of Man which has made the long trip up from all fours seem well advised. James Thurber

Believe Big. The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief. Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success. Remember this, too! Big ideas and big plans are often easier -- certainly no more difficult -- than small ideas and small plans. Dr. David Schwartz

Unless one is taught what to do with success after getting it, achievement of it must inevitably leave him prey to boredom. Bertrand Russell

The hero was distinguished by his achievement; the celebrity by his image or trademark. The hero created himself; the celebrity is created by the media. The hero was a big man; the celebrity is a big name. Daniel J. Boorstin

Chance can allow you to accomplish a goal every once in a while, but consistent achievement happens only if you love what you are doing. Bart Conner

The discipline you learn and character you build from setting and achieving a goal can be more valuable than the achievement of the goal itself. Bo Bennett

For unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison. Theodore Roosevelt

The achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit yourself to it. Mack R. Douglas

You can do what you want to do, accomplish what you want to accomplish, attain any reasonable objective you may have in mind -- not all of a sudden, perhaps not in one swift and sweeping act of achievement -- but you can do it gradually, day by day and play by play, if you want to do it, if you work to do it, over a sufficiently long period of time. William E. Holler

If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience. Edward Rickenbacker

There is no finer sensation in life that which comes with victory over one's self. Go forward to a goal of inward achievement, brushing aside all your old internal enemies as you advance. Vash Young

Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment. Eric Butterworth

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. Napoleon Hill

No person can arise above his real desire. Desires are of value only when they drive us to action. Will and work must accompany desire. Then high resolve is born. Desire is the design that will spurs us into achievement. Source Unknown

Human Dignity has gleamed only now and then and here and there, in lonely splendor, throughout the ages, a hope of the better men, never an achievement of the majority. James Thurber

The greatest achievements were at first and for a time dreams. The oak sleeps in the acorn. James Allen

Not in achievement, but in endurance, of the human soul, does it show its divine grandeur and its alliance with the infinite. Edwin Hubbell Chapin

One of the great undiscovered joys of life comes from doing everything one attempts to the best of one's ability. There is a special sense of satisfaction, a pride in surveying such a work, a work which is rounded, full, exact, complete in its parts, which the superficial person who leaves his or her work in a slovenly, slipshod, half-finished condition, can never know. It is this conscientious completeness which turns any work into art. The smallest task, well done, becomes a miracle of achievement. Og Mandino

The most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval. Denis Waitley

Surely a man has come to himself only when he has found the best that is in him, and has satisfied his heart with the highest achievement he is fit for. Woodrow Wilson

You must think of failure and defeat as the springboards to new achievements or to the next level of accomplishment. Les Brown

Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement. Nelson Mandela

Freedom is an internal achievement rather than an external adjustment. Adam Clayton Powell

The more specific and measurable your goal, the more quickly you will be able to identify, locate, create, and implement the use of the necessary resources for its achievement. Charles J. Givens

Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

What a man really wants is creative challenge with sufficient skills to bring him within the reach of success so that he may have the expanding joy of achievement. Fay B. Nash

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. Theodore Rubin

It is probably not love that makes the world go around, but rather those mutually supportive alliances through which partners recognize their dependence on each other for the achievement of shared and private goals. Fred A. Allen

Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows. Ben Stein

With all humility, I think, Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might. Infinitely more important than the vain attempt to love one's neighbor as one's self. If you want to hit a bird on the wing, you must have all your will in focus, you must not be thinking about yourself, and equally, you must not be thinking about your neighbor: you must be living in your eye on that bird. Every achievement is a bird on the wing. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust. Arthur Schopenhauer

The mind must see visual achievement of the purpose before action is initiated. Mack R. Douglas

The trouble with so many of us is that we underestimate the power of simplicity. We have a tendency it seems to over complicate our lives and forget what's important and what's not. We tend to mistake movement for achievement. We tend to focus on activities instead of results. And as the pace of life continues to race along in the outside world, we forget that we have the power to control our lives regardless of what's going on outside. Robert Stuberg

You must intensify and render continuous by repeatedly presenting with suggestive ideas and mental pictures of the feast of good things, and the flowing fountain, which awaits the successful achievement or attainment of the desires. Robert Collier

The most complicated achievements of thought are possible without the assistance of consciousness. Sigmund Freud

Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement. Henry Ford

Falsity cannot keep an idea from being beautiful; there are certain errors of such ingenuity that one could regret their not ranking among the achievements of the human mind. Jean Rostand

Every great work, every great accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement. Florence Scovel Shinn

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. Benjamin Franklin

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. Vincent van Gogh

I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be. Ken Venturi

Difficulty need not foreshadow despair or defeat. Rather, achievement can be all the more satisfying because of obstacles surmounted. William Hastie

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller

There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation -- veneer isn't worth anything. George Washington Carver

My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.  Helen Hayes

A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Death comes to all

But great achievements raise a monument

Which shall endure until the sun grows old.

George Fabricius

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand. Woodrow Wilson

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. Foster C. McClellan

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