30-Day Goals and Resolutions Challenge - Day 26
Day 26 will be some tips for convincing yourself to achieve success.
I’ve mentioned before that sometimes it takes mind tricks to get you through the tough times when you’re pursuing a goal. My philosophy is to use any type of healthy strategy you need in order to push past the obstacles. Notice I used the term “healthy strategy.”
Using tricks to motivate yourself is fine, as long as you don’t end up sabotaging yourself in the end. Choose wisely, and these little gimmicks can be just what you need to jump the hurdles you encounter. Using rewards is a fantastic motivational strategy I’d like to share with you. Let me show you why there’s nothing wrong with bribing yourself to success and how to do it right.
Choose Your Rewards
First, you want to choose the rewards you will use as your motivators. Try to pick things that are relevant to your goal and that are meaningful to you. If you have a goal to add $100 a month to your savings account, your reward shouldn’t be something that costs extra money. In this case, you might choose a free or inexpensive activity to do with a friend. If you do decide to spend money on your reward, that’s okay as long as you can honestly say you would have spent that money anyway and that you feel comfortable with the choice.
For example, you might decide to buy yourself the snazzy new running shoes you’ve had your eye on because your old ones are too worn out to be effective. Those shoes are needed. They make you happy. They also serve another benefit to you, which is to help you in your fitness pursuits.
Break It Down
Next, you need to decide when to reward yourself. Giving yourself a prize every time you do the right thing is probably overkill. On the other hand, waiting until you’ve achieved the really big dream to reward yourself defeats the motivational purpose of your bribe. Timing is everything. Break your big objectives down into mini-goals or small milestones. This way you have an incentive that isn’t too far out of reach.
Switch It Up
Don’t get so set on the milestones you’ve chosen that you become inflexible or miss clear signs that a change needs to occur. Make sure you’re flexible enough in your approach that you can add or take away a bribe as the need arises. For example, if you’re truly struggling and feel you could quit any minute, adding a check-in point could push you past that hurdle.
Just convince yourself to take one smaller step toward your target, and then you’ll earn your reward. Also, know that sometimes you’ll need to switch up your reward system if it isn’t working for you. Pay attention and be flexible to gain the most from this system.
There you have it. Bribing yourself isn’t a crime. In fact, sometimes it’s absolutely necessary if you want to get through a really bad day on the path to success. Don’t feel bad about it.
Why Do We Make Resolutions – Day 1
The Importance of Setting Goals – Day 2
Value of a Support System – Day 3
Motivation is Key to Progress – Day 4
Measure Your Progress – Day 5
How to Make Resolutions Stick – Day 6
Are You Making Smart Goals – Day 7
How Habits and Routines Can Help You Stick to Your Resolutions – Day 8
Don’t Go It Alone – The Value of a Support System – Day 9
Motivation Is Key – Keeping Your “Why” Front and Center – Day 10
The Value of Measuring Your Progress Along the Way – Day 11
A Journal Can Be a Powerful Tool for Goals and Resolutions – Day 12
Success Tip – Don’t Try to Change Too Much at Once – Day 13
Kick Overwhelm to the Curb by Breaking It Down into Baby Steps – Day 14
Break It Down – From Resolution to Daily Task – Day 15
Stay Motivated by Looking at How Far You’ve Come – Day 16
Celebrate Milestones, Successes & Accomplishments – Day 17
The Power of Cheerleaders, Coaches, and Cohorts – Day 18
Get Back on That Horse When You Fall Off the Wagon – Day 19
Visualization Exercises Can Help You Reach Your Goals – Day 20
Resolutions Change Over Time and That’s Ok – Day 21
Go from Resolution to a Lifestyle Change – Day 22
Keep a Habit Tracker – Day 23
The Importance Of Your “Why” – Day 24
Tips For Dealing With Critics – Day 25