When I first launched my coaching business, I had the opportunity to participate in group coaching. We were all working promoting our businesses and setting goals for what we hoped to accomplish. My coach asked me about my goal, “So Matt, what are your going to do as a reward if you hit your goal?
I was somewhat stunned by the notion. I hadn’t really given much thought to the matter. A reward for hitting my goal? Why would I do that? Isn’t the accomplishment a reward enough?
Not quite. We set goals to be successful and even create wise plans for getting there. Some goals are so ‘new’ to us that we can’t fully think of how good it would be to accomplish them. An earned reward can help us lock onto something that is tangible and desirable until we get to our finish line.
Rewards can also be beneficial when a goal/project might take a long time. Set ‘halftime’ goals to keep you motivated for the long project.
The rewards don’t have to be expensive…or they might be ‘big ticket’ items that will propel you to future success. Just pick SOMETHING that motivates you, put it in writing and go after your goals. Want to start running? Commit to buy yourself some new running shoes AFTER your first 5k. Have a goal to spend time with your kids? Promise yourself some ‘guilt-free’ time watching whatever you want if you do.
So, what is your goal? What are you going to do to celebrate once you reach it?
Big Question: Let me know about your goals and earned rewards in the comments below!