Rewarding ourselves is a key way to stay motivated. We all like rewards. They make us happy and motivate us to do more.
I enjoy the reward method. It really helps me to stay on track especially when my reward is something I really want or need.
Just like rewarding our kids when they finish their chores or do something extra kind for someone, we have to match the reward with the chore/task. If the goal you have set for yourself is something small, like making your bed every day, your reward should be something that matches your effects. A small reward for us girls could be buying you favorite chocolates, one hour of ‘me’ time, have coffee with a friend or maybe that nice fingernail polish you’ve had your eye on. For the guys, your small reward could be a new car magazine, go fishing for an hour, or get that new tool you’ve wanted.
If your goal is large, then the reward should be as well. If you have been working on weight loss and you met your goal weight, your reward should be fitting to such hard work and dedication. Maybe a new wardrobe is called for, or a nice weekend get-away, it could be a closet make-over for all the new clothes. Big goal equals big reward.
Here’s a list of reward ideas:
|Gourmet coffee||New work outfit||Make-up, nail polish|
|Go to a park, take a walk||Girls/guys night out||Favorite sweet treat|
|Weekend get-away||Manicure/pedicure||Have a picnic|
|Go see a movie||New hand/power tool||A new gym bag|
|Visit with friends or family||Professional shave for you men||A quiet night at home to read a book or just play with the kids|
|Spend time doing a hobby||Give yourself money for the small goal and save up for the bigger goal||A new cook book to help you maintain the weight loss|
|A new CD||Perfume/cologne||Fresh flowers|
Matching the reward to the task helps us stay focused till the end because we know there is something in it for us and not just the joy of completing the goal. It’s a bonus package you have set in place.
Yes, completing the goal is the main reward and it does feel fantastic when that goal is met. Having a reward for yourself helps us stay motivated and keeps us on track because we are looking forward to the reward and just not the end of the goal.
Try rewarding yourself for the small things and see if that helps you stay motivated for the next goal. Let me know how this works out for you. I would love to have your feedback.