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Reward Yourself When you Accomplish that Goal!

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reward yourself, goals, rewards, treats, motivation
Reward Yourself

When you set a goal for yourself, what are the steps that you take? Perhaps you list out the goal that you have in mind. Next you make it a SMART goal (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound) to make sure that you can measure your success when reaching that goal. Milestones might come next in the process, breaking a big goal into smaller steps. Then you set your reward or rewards for the milestones. Wait…what? I’ve never set rewards before.

Setting Goals

Setting rewards is a really important step when we develop a goal to reach. Having all those milestones and achievable, measurable parts is great, but how do you celebrate reaching those things? Is the motivation of the goal itself going to be enough to push you to the finish line? Setting up rewards at the same time that you set up the goal will give you something to look forward to. It will be a physical item or event to mark the accomplishment.

Setting Rewards

So what kinds of things can be considered a reward. It can be something small, or something big depending on your budget and how big the goal is to achieve. For example, let’s say that your goal is to make a habit to drink enough water every day. Since this is developing a habit, let’s make the milestone at 21 days – which is the duration of time we need to make it an automatic action in our daily lives. A good reward would be a water bottle. So after 21 days of consistently drinking 8 glasses of water a day, you reward yourself with a new water bottle. Each time you use that water bottle it will remind you of your success and motivate you to keep going.

Ideas to Reward Yourself

There are all sorts of things that you could use as rewards. Here’s a list of some ideas that could fit your plans.

  • Take a bath – complete with bubbles and relaxing music
  • Lie in a hammock and read a book
  • Get a new haircut or hairstyle
  • Sign up for a fitness class you have be wanting to try
  • Get a new journal and some fancy pens
  • Get a massage
  • Buy a pretty scarf and wear it with you favorite outfit
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Attend a sporting event
  • Take a hike through a park
  • Play with a pet
  • Buy a magazine subscription
  • Make a smoothie with your favorite ingredients
  • Take a boat ride
  • Do a craft project that you have been dreaming of
  • Buy an essential oils infuser and your favorite oils
  • Go horseback riding
  • Buy a puzzle to put together
  • Schedule a professional portrait shoot
  • Buy or make a special piece of jewelry
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  • Redecorate your bedroom
  • Buy a houseplant for your home
  • Visit an antique or thrift store
  • Enjoy some time at the beach
  • Go to a carnival
  • Buy yourself a fresh bouquet of your favorite flowers
  • Take a tour at a winery
  • Frame a favorite photo to hang on your wall
  • Buy some new make-up for the season
  • Splurge on a new pair of wireless headphones
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  • Go star gazing
  • Pack up a picnic lunch to enjoy the outdoors
  • Buy a new outfit that boosts your confidence
  • Go bowling with friends
  • Buy a pair of new walking shoes with fun laces
  • Buy a small blender to make smoothies
  • Go camping
  • Relax in a hot tub
  • Attending a painting party with friends
  • Buy a new app to keep you going on your goal
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There are so many things that you can set up as rewards for yourself. What rewards do you like to use? Let us know in the comments below and keep this list of ideas growing. Here is to meeting your new goal and enjoying your reward!

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  1. candy says:

    We all need rewarded sometimes. You have given some great ideas on how we can quietly reward ourselves.

  2. Cristy Stewart-Harfmann says:

    This is a great idea. I realized the other day I need to start writing my goals down. And now I have a great list to add with how to celebrate achieving them.

    thank you

    1. I’m so excited for you! Best wishes on accomplishing all your goals!

  3. Fantastic options for rewards.. sometimes this doesn’t have to cost a lot or anything at all, as long as it comes with the feeling of having deserved the reward you choose. Love it!

    1. Exactly! Thanks for visiting.

  4. A reward is a great incentive to keep going, especially when you don’t feel like doing it anymore.

  5. It’s all about giving yourself a little more love each time you hit a goal. I loved the list of ideas you shared in this post.

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