Recently, I’ve noticed that I am not really rewarding myself for the things I have accomplished, or better yet, specific milestones that I visit on the way to reaching a goal. Hell, I haven’t even specified a reward for reaching my goal.
This is very important because most goals don’t come with an instant reward, often times gratification is very delayed. For example, I might be writing 100 blog post and still not make much money or have regular visitors. To keep going, it helps to have a reward.
Without the reward, I feel the way I currently feel and procrastinate. That’s because it feels like I have to keep going indefinitely, that there’s no point in sight where I will ever be able to relax and enjoy. This is what a reward could be good for. The type of rewards that inspire one are different for every person. As you can see below, I’ve set down and decided on certain milestones and what the reward will be.
By the way, rewards don’t have to be physical items, they can also be something emotional. The reason why rewards are powerful is because the mind then has something that means instant, graspable pleasure when received and there’s nothing the brain likes more than instant gratification.
Here’s a couple of ideas…
- As soon as I have 100 blog articles published, I’ll get to buy an iPhone, which I can then use after having achieved the next milestone – on my travel adventures.
- Once a certain monthly income (e.g. $900 profit) is achieved, I reward myself by going on travels again.
- Having achieved my fitness goals – specifically my target weight and waist circumferences – I am spending an entire day at the water park, or go to a pool party and ideally also film there with my action cam (+ waterproof case).
- With one of my dating goals accomplished, I am now allowed to enjoy a selection of pay for play experiences. For example, erotic massages, or a certain number of hookers, going to a blowjob bar, and that kind of stuff.
- When I’ve released a certain number of videos, or reached X subscribers on YouTube, I get to buy a better notebook for video processing.
Some goals don’t require an extrinsic reward because they are already pleasurable experiences by nature, e.g. the goal of traveling and visiting 5 new countries for 3 days each.
In a way, defining rewards for milestones is nothing more than chunking the entire goal into smaller, bite-size pieces.