Rewarding Self-Discipline and Delayed Gratification

Rewarding Self-Discipline and Delayed Gratification

Choose the right reward

Setting up milestones for reaching your goals is important if you want to succeed. Equally important is setting up a reward system that allows you to enjoy and celebrate each milestone you’ve fulfilled.

But what kind of reward should you give yourself? Should you go out and buy the latest $1,000 iPhone? Or would you settle for self-praise and a pat on the back for a job well done?

The
right reward for your hard work

Choosing the right reward is important if you don’t want
all your hard work to go to waste. If you’ve worked hard, and succeeded, in
losing 10 pounds over 2 months, then you don’t want to reward yourself by going
to an all-you-can-eat restaurant.

In fact, your self-discipline will dictate you to stay away
from places that will encourage you to eat more than what’s good and healthy
for you.

Instead, you can reward yourself by buying a slice of
chocolate cake just to get that sugar craving out of the way or you can choose
to buy exercise equipment that will help you lose even more weight.

Achieve
more with delayed gratification

When you’ve achieved a certain milestone, you might want to
consider adopting a delayed gratification
system. Instead of immediately rewarding yourself, try extending your reward to
the next milestone. This is called delayed gratification.

For example, if you’re trying to lose weight and you’ve set
every pound lost as a milestone, then you might want to consider making it 2 pounds
instead. This means that when you’ve lost the first pound, you’ll be pushing yourself to lose the second pound quickly
so you can finally get your reward (and no,
you still shouldn’t reward yourself with an outing at your favorite buffet
restaurant).

Delaying gratification is a great exercise to push yourself to do even more. Your self-control and
self-discipline will come into play and allow you to focus on completing more
tasks so you can finally reward yourself. You just need to egg yourself on,
encourage yourself to put one foot in front of the other because your
destination is right around the corner.

Lastly, it’s important to point that when practicing
delayed gratification, you must have a ‘punishment’ in place as well. So this
means if you don’t achieve the milestone you’ve set for yourself, then you
don’t get any reward. It’s really that simple. However, if you’re disciplined
and committed, then you’ll do everything in your power to achieve your
milestones and get your reward.

 

 

 

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Have a Healthy Day!,

.

Rod Stone
Author,
Publisher and Founder of r Healthy Living Solutions, LLC,  Supplier of Healthy Living information and products to improve
your life.

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