I work best with several layers of goals. For example, I have a few weekly goals like drinking my water or getting to the gym. I also let myself download one MP3 for every 5 pounds. I'm thinking of a good way to celebrate the next level which is a 50 pound loss. It has to be something that I can appreciate as I continue on down the scales. All these layers of goals keep me motivated, because I get to celebrate small successes as well as large ones.
Cannot quibble with the importance of medium term goals, but all the rewards here involve spending money. Rewards don't have to be associated with food or travel. How about a reward being a pat on the back? The understanding of a job well done? Or doing something for others (adding to one's Karma bank, so to speak).
Another way to "earn" the money is to enroll in a keep the change savings account...everytime you buy something i.e. groceries, gas etc, they put the change in you savigns account...I've already saved about $20 this month alone! I will use that money to treat myself to a movie or a mani pedi or save it for a massage!
Great article, but rewards don't always have to involve buying. A good medium-term reward could be giving yourself time for a long stroll through the botanic gardens, a forest preserve, or another favorite place. In the summer, it could be a day at the beach. Or an evening that you devote to listening to your favorite music at home.
I really appreciated this artlcle, because I have been guilty of setting only long term goals and loosing interest very fast. I now can see the importantance of setting short term goals ( I need to keep myself focused ) . Thank you very much for this article. I will take this information to heart.
The difference in my goals from last year and the beginning of this year is dramatic!!! All thanks to reading articles like this that help me set up realistic goals and the steps to get there. Thank you!!!
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