One way of staying motivated to achieve our goals is by rewarding ourselves when we perform well.
The problem is we tend to get a bit over-zealous with our rewards.
If your rewards are of a monetary nature, you could be making life more difficult by giving yourself expensive pats on the back. If your goal is to save money or get out of debt rewarding yourself could be undoing all of your hard work.
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Here are 7 tips on how to reward yourself the right way.
Only reward yourself on the big wins
You are probably thinking that goes against every piece of personal development advice you have read to date.
Bear in mind there is a vast difference between rewarding yourself and acknowledging your success.
You should always acknowledge your wins and yes, even the small ones. This helps keep you motivated and focused.
What presents a problem, particularly with your finances, is when you start rewarding yourself financially for every little achievement.
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Embrace rewards that don’t cost money
Your reward does not have to cost money.
A relaxing bath, an afternoon of reading, an invigorating walk around the local park could all fit the bill.
A reward should be something that relaxes, soothes or inspires you, not something that has you worrying about how to pay off your credit card.
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Have a ceiling price on your reward
If you have worked hard to save a few thousand dollars and then blow it all on a reward or worse find yourself further in debt, you need to reassess your strategy.
A reward is not something that should undo all of your good work.
Make sure your reward is an amount you are comfortable with.
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Don’t reward yourself when you haven’t earned it
All too often we reward ourselves when we don’t deserve it. The reward is more an incentive to keep going or an effort to lift our spirits when we are feeling despondent.
Instead of using a reward when you are demotivated, focus on getting yourself back on track.
Concentrate on whatever makes you feel uplifted and inspired. Focus on the positive.
Take a look at the goal you are trying to achieve and see if your strategy could do with a little tweaking. (The problem might be that you haven’t set any solid goals. If this is the case, the Slay Your Goals Planner can help with the why, when, what and how of achieving your goals. You can read my review on the planner here.)
Are there areas for improvement you could work on that would increase your productivity and output?
To enjoy your reward, make sure it is something that you truly deserve.
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- Are You Repeating the Same Mistakes?
Kids and rewards
Children particularly love getting treats.
Explain to your child that a reward needs to be earned. Set them targets to work towards to qualify them for a reward. Also, set a reasonable limit on what the reward amount may be.
You don’t want them thinking they are getting an iPod when you had a trip to McDonald’s in mind.
Avoid having your child assume that they will get a treat or reward every time they leave the house or go shopping. Constantly buying treats could put a damper on your budget as well as teaching your child that they don’t have to do anything to receive one.
Be careful about rewarding yourself with food
I’m sure we have all done this at some point. I know I have.
Obsessive dieters are probably more prone to this than anyone else. They go without so that they can eat their reward later.
While the occasional food splurge probably won’t cause any problems, regularly rewarding yourself with food could affect your health. You may be eating a lot more than you realize.
Before you know it, you will be rewarding yourself with food for the smallest thing or worse for everything!
If your reward comes in the form of fatty, sugary or salty foods your waistline and overall health could be in trouble.
Be careful rewarding yourself with alcohol. Granted we often celebrate over a glass of wine or a cold beer. Just make sure this sort of reward system doesn’t get out of control.
When it comes to food, moderation is the key. Treat rewarding yourself with food, the same as rewarding yourself with money. Celebrate the big occasions and keep within a range you are comfortable with.
Time as a reward
If you work from home, be mindful of taking time as a reward.
We all need breaks from our computers, whether we work in a large corporate environment or sit at our desks in a home office. Regular short breaks away from your computer will contribute towards better back and neck health.
Some people break their day into chunks of time, often factoring small rewards into their work process. If this strategy increases your productivity and output, then you are onto a good thing.
However, if your plan for the day is riddled with too many reward breaks, you could be doing more harm than good. Rewards of this nature should only be for completion of a project, otherwise, this sort of behavior could turn into a destructive form of procrastination.
If you are a parent, make sure you reward yourself with time to yourself.
It is important to spend quality time with your partner as well as time alone. These may only be snippets of time, particularly if you have a young baby, but they are still important.
Put some thought into your rewards and make them something you strive for, work towards and enjoy.
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Being reasonable, that’s the key to rewarding yourself. I think you don’t ever have to spend any money to reward yourself, unless you believe you can do it with no harm.
There are so many things you can do in nature that doesn’t even compare with money. Good friends for example.
Just hanging out with them and shooting the breeze in a park or bike riding, what ever, just being with them does not compare with money.
Watching the sunset, going to the water front or beach, etc.. In the Internet marketing business you need to be creative so therefore you can be creative in rewarding yourself reasonably.
Rewarding yourself is like bringing your car to the gas station. If you run out of fuel your car will not run.
If you do not stop and “smell the roses” from time to time you too will run out of gas.
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I totally agree with you on the different ways to reward yourself. Being out in nature is a great one. Good friends another. Another way I reward myself as well as just taking some time out to smell the roses is spending time with my cat Belli. Spending time with him always calms and soothes me. The unconditional love, comfort and joy pets provide is amazing.
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I like your reward article and I completely agree with you.
Things that get rewarded get done. If you reward yourself for your most positive actions, you will get more of them done…. Almost effortlessly.
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