What Does Personal Achievement Mean to You?

There is something special about setting out on a personal journey to achieve something, going through all the ups and downs of any personal change and finally reaching the goal you or someone else set for you.

More than achievement for your team or your community there is a great sense of fulfilment about reaching a goal.

What does personal achievement mean to you?

1. Satisfaction

When you decide to do something, especially if it is something you’ve not done previously then you can feel a personal; sense of satisfaction when you achieve what you wanted to do. It might be something as simple as tidying some clutter or clearing out some old clothes no longer needed, or as complicated as planning a journey around the world.

2. Fulfilment

Similar to satisfaction but also this means that you can feel that you’ve completed part of an ongoing sense of change or a process. For example if you are discovering how to use a new camera you can feel a sense of fulfillment when you have taken a set of photographs and viewed them on your computer.

You know you have a lot more to learn but are fulfilled at completing the initial part of the process.

3. Completing a journey of change

Change may take a moment or go on for a long time, but when you have planned to do something over months or years then when you finally reach the destination there is a sense of great achievement. This could be something such as completing a University course or preparing for retirement and what you will do when you stop working. I can identify with both of these scenarios.

4. Overcoming objections

When you start to talk about changes you want of goals you hope to achieve it is a common experience that some people will tell you that it is impossible or you won’t be able to do that thing. Yet when you are determined to do something and continue in spite of objections there is a wonderful sense of completion when you finally do it.

5. Reward

There might be a valuable prize when you reach the goal, yet the actual value isn’t necessarily vital. For example a certificate to show you passed an exam is only a piece of paper yet the value of that reward is tremendous and gives a great sense of personal achievement. Something which shows you and others what you’ve been through on your journey of change can enhance you own sense of its value.…

Gift Ideas For College Students

Getting gift ideas for a college student can be a challenge. Most traditional college students have been away from home for a period of time so you are likely unsure how much their tastes have changed, if at all. Finding fun gifts is not impossible, however. Following are a few gift ideas that are sure to please.

Gadgets
Even though college students are often not the wealthiest people they still typically have interest in the newest gadget. If you can afford it, the newest iPod, the most recent iPhone or even an attractive and sleek laptop are great gift ideas. These gifts are all great for school as well. Students can download tutorial podcasts to their iPod to help them through any course, they can download a flash card app to their iPhone to help them quiz themselves for the big test or they can tote their laptop to every class to take notes and write papers.

If all of those are out of your reach, try a smart pen. Smart pens allow students to take notes in class the traditional way, however, when the student gets to their computer, they can download their notes and convert them to typed font. This allows students to get a head start on their papers when they have some down time between classes. It also creates a more legitimate set of notes which can aid studying. Gadgets are often the most valuable gift a college student can receive.

Care Packages
Even if it's not a holiday or birthday, everyone who is away from home for the first time loves to receive well thought out care packages. Send baked goods or something from their favorite bakery back home. Add a piece of art from a younger sibling, niece or nephew, or other child the college student is close to. However, the gifts that are most fun to incorporate are those silly little things, you saw while shopping, that made you think of the recipient. Silly games, funny cards, bubble bath, anything you see that makes you think about this person for any reason are all great gift ideas. Whatever you send, it's just nice for them to know you care.

Money
When you're a poor college student you begin to dread the next ramen noodle or cold pizza meal. This is why cold hard cash can be the best gift. While college students have the same basic needs as all of us, they often lack the time to work full time or are simply not used to budgeting their funds. While cash is a great gift, it's obviously not a wise idea to send cash through the mail. Of course you can write a check but other options include money orders, wire transfers, pre-loaded bank debit cards or gift certificates.

Gift certificates can be particularly handy if you are concerned about how your gift is spent. If you determine that the student needs clothes then find out where they like to shop and get …