Updated: Feb 10, 2021
If you’ve ever been told as a kid “if your report card is good, we’ll buy you a new (insert desired item here)”, then you know that positive reinforcement works. I mean, really, who doesn’t want to be rewarded for good behavior or performance?
Why then, shouldn’t you do that for yourself?
A while back I had set myself a business goal. Was clear in my desired outcome and what I would “reward” myself with if I achieved said goal. Highlights. I know, Ms. Chemical-Free Lifestyle Lady wants to put literal chemicals on her head. Don’t judge. It’s one thing I have been wanting for a looooong time.
Well, when that goal hadn’t been met in the timeline I projected, I was feeling a bit deflated. Knowing that sometimes you’re rerouted on the way to your goal, the date just kept moving further and further away. Same goal. New timeline.
My focus had shifted some in my business and I realized that I had hit other goals for myself. Really good ones too! Then it dawned on me that I could simply shift my reward from one goal to the next. Why not? I mean, I hit a goal, right?. What does it matter which one it was? I still worked hard and achieved something. So that’s what I did. Today, I “rewarded” myself with some new color on my locks. And I must say, I’m proud of myself and I love how they came out.
So cut yourself some slack if you missed a goal. Move the goalpost and get at it. Continuing to take action towards the overall feel of what you’re trying to achieve. It may look different on the outside, and you may have gone in a different direction, but if you’re working your way to a better life, reward yourself along the way. You deserve it.