Talk About Rewarding Yourself!
We’ve all seen the usual tabloid headline “Such and such celebrity bought a mansion” “He or she gifted themselves a 20 carat diamond ring” and so on. It’s as if material desire has become the queen of self fulfillment.
When we analyze every celebrity gift scenario, as “common” people, we all look up to the house or the diamond ring and forget about the essentials of rewarding one self.
Gratifying yourself with material goods is acceptable, as long as your happiness and well being doesn’t revolve entirely around it.
Social media has made it clear that in order to pay yourself for all your good deeds or conquers; you must “buy” or “get’ something. Everyone likes a pat on the back every once in a while. But it’s only necessary that we constantly remind ourselves that we owe our souls first and foremost.
Just as clothing is essential for physical reward, nourishing our spirit and inner self is essential for personal reward. We do that by meditating, having some alone time, actually caring about what we are and how far we have come. Reading some self-building material is also of great help.
Rewards create a feeling of doing something you want to do, not just what you’re forcing yourself to do. Even the smallest of rewards can work wonders as you travel from milestone to milestone, pound to pound, and mile to mile.
Setting up a reward system
- Choose some benchmarks and reward levels. You can also reward yourself for levels of consistency.
- Make the reward meaningful to you.
- Choose two or three options (A mix of what you materially and spiritually desire)
- A lot of small rewards, used for meeting smaller goals, are more effective than relying solely on the bigger rewards that require more work and more time.
- Don’t use food as a reward.
- Create a celebration that you can anticipate and then keep it within sight all the time.
- Be honest with yourself.
I’m sure most people will agree that there’s no better way to boost motivation than rewards. However, we must make sure that we give ourselves rewards that are healthy and helpful in all levels of our life.