Achievement orientation is the guiding drive to meet an internal standard of excellence. Your drive for achievement could take different forms: you could try to surpass your personal previous accomplishments or aim to outperform others – today or in the past. People who are achievement driven often know how to set measurable goals, anticipate and overcome obstacles on their path and take calculated risks.
Developing Achievement Orientation
- You could start developing achievement orientation today. Pick one of the projects you are currently working on and try to create a few ambitious goals, which would create a moderate level of risk. For example, finish the project ahead of schedule, create an additional scenario for an analysis you may be making, or create an innovative solution for some other task you’re working on. Monitor your progress against your plan on a regular basis. Talk about your progress with another colleague and get their feedback. This will help you get a more objective view on the implications of your work and your accomplishment against the plan
- Develop a log of your behavior of achievement. When you drive home after work and reflect on the day you just had think about how well you anticipated obstacles and if you were able to think of a solution. Also, determine if you took risks during the course of your work. Decide if you made progress toward your work and personal goals. Do the same analysis at the end of the week as well, reflecting on a broader set of tasks you have accomplished