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Our 31 days is almost up, and today we’re talking about goal setting and rewards…also known as the adult form of bribery!
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it,” and on some level I agree with him. Achieving your goal should be enough of a reward in and of itself.
But sometimes? Sometimes I like rewards too! The promise of a new outfit for a few pounds lost or some spending money for meeting a milestone can be great motivation to keep going when things get tough.
The key here is to choose small, appropriate rewards (no cruises for losing 5 pounds!) and to make sure that you truly only give yourself the reward if you meet the goal. It’s also important that you don’t get into the habit of rewarding every single little milestone you hit. Not only could that be expensive, but it also trains you to need that external motivation, and it’s good to be self-motivated as well.
Rewards in moderation can be a fun motivator, though!
What do you think — are rewards a good thing, or do you prefer intrinsic rewards like a job well done?
|Mandi Ehman is the founder and publisher behind Life Your Way and the co-author of All in Good Time, as well as a wife and the homeschooling mom to four beautiful girls. She lives with her family on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia and loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.|