You’re doing great! I know this can be hard work so hopefully you’ll be encouraged by today’s topic.
Incentives. Rewards. Like the sound of that?
These are important elements in behavior change, especially when you don’t experience immediate positive outcomes for the changes you’re making. Because some behaviors have a longer time period before you can claim a payoff, incentives and rewards help encourage and energize you along the way.
We all have a budget. Please know that incentives and rewards don’t have to cost money. It could be something as simple as taking a walk, earning computer or tv time, taking a bubble bath, or reading a book. If you have some money to invest in the process, you can pick whatever fits within your budget to motivate you – a pedicure, a weekend getaway, the movies, etc.
Give some thought to this. You may want to build in a combination of small and large incentives. Something small may help you get to the certain goal when you reward yourself with something larger. The important thing is that you have a plan. This way, you know what you’ll be rewarded with at each step.
One caveat: Don’t reward yourself with something that will serve as a temptation or something that will derail your efforts to achieve the goal.
Lastly, I hope you’ll be creative and have fun with this. This is the good stuff so don’t skip this step. And, I love to hear what you’re doing for rewards so feel free to share any ideas.