Reward Yourself to Motivate Yourself!

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If you’ve ever tried to reach a large goal you know what a challenge it can be.  The number one roadblock is usually motivation.  This is a key component for you to include if you want any hope of reaching your goals with ease.

One of the most fun ways to motivate yourself is to come up with some sort of rewards system.  If you make a plan to reward yourself as you get closer to reaching your goal, it will be a piece of cake to reach it! For example, if you manage to lose 5 pounds reward yourself by reading that new mystery novel you’ve had your eye on.  If you enroll yourself in a new college class to further your career, reward yourself by celebrating with a special dinner.  The possibilities are endless!

Keep in mind that your rewards should be something you really enjoy.  That doesn’t mean they should have the power to set you back in your goals.  If you lose 5 pounds and reward yourself with a special dinner, you could experience a setback.  Make sure this doesn’t happen to you!  Find a balance that will motivate you to keep on going.

Even with rewards many people have trouble reaching their goals alone.  It can do you a lot of good to include your friends and family in on the action. If you find yourself slipping into a pattern that will make it hard for you to reach your goal, you can call up a friend.  They’ll encourage you to stop doing whatever it is that’s bad for you. 

Friends and family members might even help to motivate you even when you don’t solicit their help!  While this can be annoying, it’s certainly motivating.  When other people know your goals they are likely to call you on anything that’s going to hinder your success.  Remember that they do this because they love you!

Another method that can be helpful is to journal.  Writing your thoughts down on paper ingrains it into your mind.  When you experience a great success, write it down.  This will motivate you to keep doing the things that were rewarding in the first place.  The same can be said for the negative setbacks that occur.  Writing these down can help you see what went wrong and what you can improve on.

When you find great ways to motivate yourself you’ll find that you meet your goals a lot more quickly.  Take the time to find the methods that work best for you.  Don’t be afraid to reward yourself because that will make everything come together for you in no time. 

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