Rewards System And Self Discipline

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So many of us find our days going a little like this: You wake up with the intentions of eating healthy, tackling your todo list and getting to the gym with all the motivation necessary to achieve these goals successfully, yet come dinner time all you’ve done is browsed Pinterest looking at things you can’t afford, watched videos of Instagram models doing the workouts you should have done, and eaten a lunch consisting of cookies from the breakroom, served up with a big side of regret.

Shit days happen to the best of us, and failure is inevitable. But what separates the ordinary from extraordinary is the self-discipline to continue towards these goals even after failure.

I have in no way reached any of my personal or professional goals, not even close, but there are a few little things that have made a huge difference in my journey towards them. And they’re easy enough for a child to comprehend.

Self Reward – When I was a little girl my mom forced me into the minivan and down the street to piano lessons twice a week. There were weeks I hated it and weeks I tolerated it, but for the most part it wasn’t my favorite time pass – and my mother was unwillingly aware due to my cries of objection. But once I got to playing and saw improvement, my mood would change and the formerly dreaded task was seemingly enjoyable. So to trick me into practicing at home, my mom would put a dish of M&M’s on top of the piano and every time I got through a song I would get a piece of candy. It worked so well that after a while she’d have to drag me off the bench to stop playing.

Now that I’m older and don’t have my parents to force me to do the right things, it’s a little tricky to stay focused on the not-so-glamorous tasks of life. But I took a page out of my mom’s parenting handbook and started tricking myself into accomplishing tasks with a similar reward system, minus the M&M’s. When it comes to diet, I force myself to eat all the vegetables and protein on my plate before I’ll allow myself carbs or sweets, which helps me get the good nutrients in need and prevents me from filling up on bread. My to do list is another hackable system where I’ll tell myself if I get the following X tasks done, I get to go get a mani/pedi, stop by Sephora for a new lip gloss, or as something as simple as browsing my socials for 15 minutes. The reward doesn’t have to be monetary or extravagant either. For some reason, knowing there’s a little treat at the end of all the boring stuff makes it easier to power through each task.

Some photos from my trip to Sydney – Comment below if you’d like to know my favorite places to visit and must-see’s from my trip!

 

-xoLK-

 

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