Obtaining includes not only that which is possessed but also that which is achieved or lost. For example, one might obtain a law degree or lose an election. One can also obtain a condition, such as obtaining a smoothly operating political system or loosing the love of a parent. Whether it refers to a mental or physical state or process, obtaining describes the concept of attaining.
Excerpted from The Zen of Story Structure
DEFINITION: Obtaining: achieving or possessing something.
SYNONYMS: controlling for oneself, possessing, having, keeping.
DYNAMIC PAIR: Doing, engaging in a physical activity.