surpass (oneself)

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surpass (oneself)

To do better in some activity or deed than one has ever been able to accomplish. The president has surpassed himself with this State of the Union address, delivering one of the most powerful and inspiring speeches in recent memory. Congratulations, team, each and everyone of you surpassed yourselves on this project!
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surpass oneself

To do the best that one ever has done at a given activity.
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Sample items include "Because I experience pleasure and satisfaction while learning new things" (To Know), "For the pleasure I experience while surpassing myself in my studies" (Toward Accomplishment), and "For the intense feelings I experience when I am communicating my ideas to others" (To Experience Stimulation).
The third factor, Accomplishment (not to be confused with the Accomplishing factor of the Personal Efficacy Scale), was composed of three items that accounted for 12% of the variance: "For the pleasure I experience while surpassing myself in my studies, " "To prove to myself that I am capable of completing my college degree, " and "For the pleasure that I experience while I am surpassing myself in one of my personal accomplishments." The alpha coefficient for this factor was .81.