When talking about grace, we often give negative connotations to words like effort, performance, and accomplishment.
They become four letter, anti-grace cuss words.
And if one is gaining their approval from God and others based on what they do, than a negative perception is the correct one.
We cannot earn or be worthy of God based on striving and effort. Broken people produce broken things. This means we cannot improve on perfection.
This line of thinking is reflected by the oft heard cliché, “We are not human doings, but human beings”
But there is another side to achievement.
If we have our value and worth in God, based on what He has done for us, then there is a proper place of accomplishment in our lives.
God created us to work.