Set Targets and Reward Yourself

by Elly Hurley on 2 May, 2012

One of the easiest ways to boost your confidence and morale is by rewarding yourself when you meet a target. This simple gesture is a sign for your subconscious that what you are doing is right and it will keep you doing more of the same, because it knows it’s going to be rewarded for doing exactly that.

The targets can be anything, as long as they are real and have some meaning to you. It could be the loss of X kilo’s or pounds, it could be reaching your target weight for that week, getting in to a pair of jeans that didn’t fit, eating only what’s on your meal planner for a day or a week, filling in your exercise planner, anything as long as it’s tangible and you can honestly say you’ve achieved it.

Honesty is a key word here. If you don’t make your target, don’t reward yourself because all you are doing is reinforcing it’s okay that you don’t succeed because you’ll get the reward anyway.

I’m all for rewarding myself and others for taking part, if that’s part of the reward criteria, but I am not in favour of everyone getting a reward because it’s the PC thing to do. All this does is create an expectation that you will be rewarded for turning up, which is unrealistic and unsustainable.

Having something to work towards also keeps you going when the going gets a little tough. It’s a little like the picture of a donkey being tempted by a dangling carrot. My next reward is a weight based one, and I’m over half way to achieving it. The only thing left for me to do is decide on is the colour of my new tracksuit. I’m sure there will be blue in it somewhere.

What reward would you give yourself for taking the first step to being Sexy Slim Fit ‘n’ Fab? I’ll let you sleep on that one, night for now, sweet dreams xx

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Elly Hurley, mentor, author and coach. She has studied and observed cognition and behavioural sciences for over a decade and is considered an expert on human behaviour and personal transformation. A specialist in entrepreneurial business, internet marketing and sales psychology, her expertise give an unbeatable blend of psychology and internet marketing.

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  • My first reward is going to be a massage, I’ve got 1.5kg’s to get to my target – might as well reward myself with something I’ll remember. And with the exercise I’m doing the massage will be very handy. I’m really enjoying your blog – thanks for adding inspiration to my goal 🙂

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