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What are you striving for?

  1. ACENT / CENOS / AEGNTT / ACGNNOTT
  2. EEEJNSWY / AEEHIMNPRSW / AACHILNNORRT / AAEERLW / KNORWY / AGIINRV / AACEHMSSSTTU / AAEINNNPSVY / EGGIOR / CCCEINOTTU / AALMNRY
  3. AACDEEHLLOOPRRSST / ACT / GMPSY / CDMNRUU / AQTUZ / ACCELT / AOPZ / AAIPTT
  4. AHLLOW / CEERSS / EHINPX / AAABKZ / FIR
  5. AIINU / HOU / AAEHKLOO / IMU / AAKU / AKLMOO
  6. DNOR / KNOPTY / AENNOOSS / ENNX / ENO
  7. AMR / EHRT / EIJPRU / CEMRRY / ANSUU / ESUV
  8. EIMSSW / DFOO / EGLLOS / AADFLN / BIMORR / EMRY / IIPPP
  9. AENOR / DE / ILOTV / BLU / DGIIO
  10. AEHRS / CENPRR / EIVX / DIPU / CMOT / DENNO

(3,3,7,2,1,1,3,5,5,5)

(1,2,4,1,1,2,4,2,5,7)

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The word we are looking for is:

COMPLETION!

Each list is an anagrammed set of words where each word is missing one letter. The missing letters from each word spell out another member of the set.
For example, ACENT + S anagrams to SECANT.

ACENT / CENOS / AEGNTT / ACGNNOTT

Trigonometry:
SECANT / COSINE / TANGENT / COTANGENT > SINE

EEEJNSWY / AEEHIMNPRSW / AACHILNNORRT / AAEERLW / KNORWY / AGIINRV / AACEHMSSSTTU / AAEINNNPSVY / EGGIOR / CCCEINOTTU / AALMNRY

13 Colonies:
NEWJERSEY / NEWHAMPSHIRE / NORTHCAROLINA / DELAWARE / NEWYORK / VIRGINIA / MASSACHUSETTS / PENNSYLVANIA / GEORGIA / CONNECTICUT / MARYLAND > RHODE ISLAND

AACDEEHLLOOPRRSST / ACT / GMPSY / CDMNRUU / AQTUZ / ACCELT / AOPZ / AAIPTT

Moh's scale
ORTHOCLASE FELDSPAR / TALC / GYPSUM / CORUNDUM / QUARTZ / CALCITE / TOPAZ / APATITE > FLUORITE

AHLLOW / CEERSS / EHINPX / AAABKZ / FIR

Harry Potter Title Endings
HALLOWS / SECRETS / PHOENIX / AZKABAN / FIRE > STONE

AIINU / HOU / AAEHKLOO / IMU / AAKU / AKLMOO

Hawaiian Islands
NIIHAU / OAHU / KAHAOOLAWE / MAUI / KAUAI MOLOKAI > HAWAII

DNOR / KNOPTY / AENNOOSS / ENNX / ENO

Noble elements:
RADON/ KRYPTON / OGANESSON / XENON / NEON > ARGON

AMR / EHRT / EIJPRU / CEMRRY / ANSUU / ESUV

Planets:
MARS / EARTH / JUPITER / MERCURY / URANUS / VENUS > SATURN

EIMSSW / DFOO / EGLLOS / AADFLN / BIMORR / EMRY / IIPPP

Fellowship of the Ring:
SAMWISE / FRODO / LEGOLAS / GANDALF / BOROMIR / MERRY/ PIPPIN > ARAGORN

AENOR / DE / ILOTV / BLU / DGIIO

Colors of the rainbow:
ORANGE / RED / VIOLET / BLUE / INDIGO > GREEN

AEHRS / CENPRR / EIVX / DIPU / CMOT / DENNO

Reindeer:
DASHER / PRANCER / VIXEN / CUPID / COMET / DONNER > PRANCER

In all, we have:

SINE, RHODEISLAND, FLUORITE, STONE, HAWAII, ARGON, SATURN, ARAGORN, GREEN, PRANCER
Applying the list of numbers as indexes into the words, we get:
(3,3,7,2,1,1,3,5,5,5)
N O T T H A T O N E
(1,2,4,1,1,2,4,2,5,7)
S H O N H R U R N R
The bottom doesn’t make sense; let’s see what was missing from each list:
COSECANT, SOUTHCAROLINA, DIAMOND, PRINCE, LANAI, HELIUM, NEPTUNE, GIMLI, YELLOW, BLITZEN
(1,2,4,1,1,2,4,2,5,7)
C O M P L E T I O N
Since the answer is a word, it’s not that (first) one; it’s COMPLETION.
Striving for excellence? Perfection? Success? Each list must be finished, so you are striving for completion!

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    $\begingroup$ Correct :) The checkmark is yours! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Jul 1, 2022 at 15:21

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