I never reward myself.
Back when I was still trying to sell my very first article, I motivated myself through the discouragement with a promise of a reward when I made that first sale. But the sale came and went, and suddenly that achievement no longer seemed worthy of a reward. I made a new deal with myself for a bigger achievement and reward instead.
Problem is I’d set a pattern, always promising myself something to celebrate goals reached, but never following through. Two years ago I took the grand prize in a Writer’s Digest Competition. Do you know what I did to celebrate? Absolutely nothing. I didn’t even buy myself a chocolate bar with the prize money.
The past few weeks, I’ve been feeling a little blue, and I realized part of it comes back to not celebrating the small victories. The goals I’m setting now are huge. Get an agent. Sell a novel. They’re going to take time to accomplish, and even when I do, I can’t trust myself to celebrate.
So I need to learn to celebrate the small victories–like a week where I met my ROW80 goal. I did meet my modified goals this week. And I have a bag of jelly beans to prove it.
How are your ROW80 goals going? And do you reward yourself when you meet your goals? Or do your achievements never seem quite good enough?