When was the last time you...
Okay, when you stop laughing, because you can't remember when, keep reading. I want to have a heart to heart talk with you about this, because we both know it's not easy to do.
When I ask you when you last rewarded yourself, I'm not talking about the self-care stuff we discussed last week. We're talking about the nice little things you do for yourself, because you work hard at whatever you're rockin' and you deserve a reward.
We've talked before about S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals. The final R in that process is the reward. You meet your benchmark or goal, you get a reward. It's that simple.
For me, sometimes a daily goal has a reward of a soda (I've limited my caffeine - again - for health reasons). Bigger goals might carry rewards of a shiny new crystal for my collection. Really big goals, those get very special rewards, but because I have goals all along the journey to the end of the bigger picture, I've amassed several rewards in the process.
Think of this as the adult equivalent of the gold stars you might have earned in 1st grade. You do your homework, you get a gold star. You get A's, your parents took you out for ice cream. (Mine didn't, but you get the idea...)
This is why I love my Freedom Mastery Planners.[Affiliate link] I have two that I use concurrently, and each has space for goals and rewards. In fact, when I set up the planner, one of the first activities is goal setting, and matching goals to rewards.
Goals that give you rewards are more enticing. You're setting up your own carrot to dangle in front of yourself, so that you want to get the goal met.
Here are some best practices for setting up your rewards:
So, you ask, what happens when I don't finish my goal within the stated time?
You reset the goal, or at least the due date, and you try again. You've already made progress. Keep pushing forward.
Even if you didn't make your goal and get your reward, you learned something in the process, which is a kind of consolation prize (though not nearly as fun, I'll admit).
Good luck and enjoy racking up your prizes!