Sunday, February 08, 2009
Two weeks ago I had a stellar week. Last week, I had its counterpart. But, on Friday I found myself at a mall and remembered I had yet to reward myself for the good week. I searched and searched and finally found a silver ring on sale and decided it was a worthy treat. It could not have been a better reward.
The ring has been on my finger since I bought it. I even slept with it. I am usually the type to take all of my jewelery off before bed. This ring is special for me. This ring is good for me because it reminds me of two things: I can and have accomplished goals; and each goal is made up of individual parts. The ring looks like a chain. If any of the links breaks, then the chain would fall apart. This is analogous to the idea that each goal is made up of small steps that lead to a desired destination. Failing at one step, will make it very difficult to get to the finish line.
With new found resolve and a visual reminder on my finger, I am once again seeking another good week. I've decided to be more systematic about my rewards, so I can see them.
For the next week, my goal is to work out at least five days of the week for 45 minutes each session. I will give my self a mini-reward for each successful workout day and then if the week goes well, I will double the reward.
Now that I know a 'visual' helps me, I have decide to put $1 in a glass vase on my vanity for each good workout day. Then, at the end of the week, if I make the weekly goal, I will double what ever I made during the week--that is I will add another $5 to the amount or more if I had a workout more than five times in the week. Then, at the end of the month, I will spend it!
I already have $1 in the vase for Saturday's workout. I plan to add a dollar the following days:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.