Let’s be honest. When you have a big goal you are trying to accomplish, it can sometimes be hard to stay motivated about it for weeks and months to come. And sometimes we have goals that we aren’t even excited about in the first place, like becoming more active and exercising at least a few times a week. What do you do to keep going and stay motivated to lace up those running shoes each day?
Your bribe yourself along the way. Think about what would motivate you as a reward. Maybe it’s a fun new workout gear to wear on your workouts. I always say, “when you look good, you feel good!” Or maybe it’s a cheat day after sticking to your workout plan consistently for a few weeks. However, be careful about food rewards if losing weight or eating healthier is your goal. You can have a cheat day, but don’t lose your mind! You can also try picking a reward that doesn’t involve food like getting your hair done or relaxing on the couch binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix instead.
DECIDE ON YOUR BRIBE
Start by figuring out what your bribe will be and mix and match it if you want. The goal here is to keep yourself motivated. Then figure out what you need to do to “deserve” your special reward. Make it a challenge, but keep it attainable. Remember SMART goals is the key!
Work hard to reach your mini goal and then celebrate and enjoy your reward. Rinse and repeat until you reach your end goal. Keep a visual reminder of your reward around if you find it helpful. Cut out a picture of that cute haircut you’re going to get once you lose the next five pounds. Or spend a few minutes browsing through Netflix each evening after your workout contemplating what movies or shows you’ll watch while you binge on the couch this weekend. Order those concert tickets and keep them stuck to your bathroom mirror as a reminder each morning of what you’re working for.
USE COMMON SENSE
Pick your bribes and put them to work. See if having that little carrot dangling in front of you won’t get you to stick to your resolution. If one particular bribe just doesn’t seem to keep you motivated, feel free to switch it up and try something else. Just be careful you don’t sabotage your progress with your bribe. Using food as reward when you’re trying to lose weight might not be a good idea, or getting a bottle of wine as a reward for not smoking all week may not be the best choice if you’re more likely to light up after you’ve had a drink. Use common sense and just try it. See what ends up motivating you the most and keep using those bribes.
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