In last week’s Friday Focus (which you can find here: http://bit.ly/UFDFF37), I talked about rewarding yourself when you reach your goals. I mentioned a few rewards in the video—like a car or a watch--- but those kinds of rewards won’t work for every goal. Maybe you need to set up micro-goals by breaking down your ultimate target into several steps. Set a big reward for reaching your target, but also, reward the micro- goals along the way.
Let’s say you want to run a marathon--- but you haven’t even been jogging in your entire life. In order for you to run a marathon, you are going to have to train. Decide on a big reward for yourself when you finish your first marathon, but allow yourself rewards for small victories before that.
You ran your first mile? Reward yourself with a new pair of running shoes.
You were able to jog 5 miles for the first time? Adopt an energetic dog so you have a running buddy!
You made it 10 miles today? Treat yourself to a massage or spa day.
Allow yourself rewards for the smaller victories on the road to your big goal to stay motivated and really enjoy the journey--- not just the destination.
If you were unable to run 100 yards at first, then running a marathon may seem a really intimidating goal. Breaking it down into mini-goals allows you a sense of accomplishment even before you reach your big target.
Remember though, you cannot have the reward until you reach the target. When you have a set-back--- you have to simply get back up and try again. You aren’t getting a trophy for participation. Reward your WINS—and shake off your losses.
And one more tip--- if your goal is health or fitness-related---- avoid using food rewards. It’s just not the best idea.
As always--- if you have any questions or need help defining and reaching your goals--- hit me up!