Rewards

“When you do something beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience sleeps.”

John Lennon


Do you ever feel like you work hard to help your clients and prospects and don't get feedback that shows they appreciate you?

Does the same happen with your spouse or children?

It's a sad fact of the state of life these days that many people have become so busy and fragmented that they fail to acknowledge the gifts they receive from others (including those they pay for).

Don't let lack of appreciation from others get you down.

Rather, find the deep joy that comes from giving your best. Appreciate yourself and your generosity, your willingness to share your talents and time.

Seriously, take a minute to pat yourself on the back. Be grateful to yourself for all that you bring to the world. Smile and welcome the sense of happiness that comes from knowing you are bringing your best self to the world today. And that it makes a difference to someone else, even when they forget to tell you.

Live the day with the intention of giving and you'll find that you are the one who receives the gifts.

Laura Posey

Laura Posey is Chief Instigator at Simple Success Plans. Her driving mission is to show entrepreneurs how to double their business while taking more time out of the company to make a difference in the world. She is an avid traveler and is always looking to connect with readers around the world.

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Rewards

"Properly used, positive reinforcement is extremely powerful.”

BF Skinner


In the 1960's BF Skinner radically changed the world of psychology.

Skinner considered free will an illusion and human action dependent on consequences of previous actions. If the consequences are bad, there is a high chance the action will not be repeated; if the consequences are good, the probability of the action being repeated becomes stronger. Skinner called this the principle of reinforcement.

Seems simple enough, right? Punish bad behavior and reward good behavior. We do it with children all the time.

But do we use those same techniques on ourselves? Most importantly, do you reward yourself when you've done something you want to repeat?

For example, suppose you use your Daily Success Checklist today and you get everything on it done. Do you give yourself a reward?

If not, you are missing the opportunity to build a really strong habit of using your checklist.

According to Charles Duhigg, author of The Power Of Habit, there are three steps to forming a habit

  1. Trigger - the thought or action that starts the process
  2. Action - the thing you actually do
  3. Reward - the benefit you gain from doing the action

We've talked about how to use a thought to trigger an action. For example, you can use the thought, "I am getting organized and focused" to start the process of filling out your Daily Success Checklist.

The action is when you actually complete the checklist.

The reward is the feeling of accomplishment you get. But it can also be something tangible and really fun. Why not add a little treat to your feeling and grab a piece of chocolate as a special reward.

You'll find that when you add a little something extra for your reward your brain is even more motivated to create the new habit.

Give it a try and let me know how you do!

Win the day!

Kim Storz

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