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Reward Yourself For It
If you have kids, have you ever rewarded them with an allowance? Maybe if they take out the garbage they get $1 a week or something like that. I remember when I was a kid, I used to cut the grass and I think my dad gave me $5 or $10 a week. I know that if you get a job, your reward is your salary or your paycheck. If you do a job, say you’re a contract labor person. You get paid at the end of the job. Have you ever considered rewarding yourself? Have you ever sat down on a Monday and said, “As the leader of this division, the leader of this company, the leader of whatever, my goal for Friday is X. When I hit the goal, I’m going to treat myself to whatever.” Make up your own thing. This may be the shortest episode in history because I want to make this point very clear.
The most powerful goal you can set is an internal intrinsic goal. Click To Tweet
Most leaders don’t set quality goals, they set quantity goals. Most leaders don’t set intrinsic goals like I just mentioned. The most powerful goal you can set is an internal intrinsic goal like the one I mentioned. Here’s what I challenge everybody to do. Get off this blog. Make a one-week goal right now that reads, “When I do this, I’m going to reward myself with blank.” It could be a mini vacation. It could be a date night. It could be a six-pack of beer. I need you to make that reward real. Something that would get you to salivate to do it again, and then you can build building blocks of thirteen-week sprints, 52-week chunks, whatever you want to call it.
This has been written in countless self-improvement books of the stair step your way to success. Build on one thing. I’m going to tell you something that every business owner, every entrepreneur can build on but for some reason, nobody’s coaching them on this. Set a goal one weeklong. Give yourself seven days and hit the stinking goal, but do it for the reward. The reward has to be huge. Give yourself a reward. I hope this helps.