In this blog post, I talked about end of year planning and said it is also a good time to set goals for the New Year. As a footnote to that, what about establishing a reward for a goal achieved? For example, if one of your goals is to add 10,000 names to your mailing list, you might consider rewarding yourself with a week in Hawaii (or maybe some other warm sunny place with a beach).
Planning for a reward not only entices you to achieve that goal, but it makes the goal real and adds some merit to the goal. Often we just use the ‘set and forget’ method of goal setting; where we write them down, never look at them again, and often as a result don’t achieve them. Planning for a reward will give that goal some tangible value that perhaps it would not have otherwise. This is especially effective for those ‘hefty’ goals.
The reward does not have to be anything as elaborate as a week long vacation; it can be something like taking your kids to a theme park for a day or taking a day to go fishing. Go ahead! Plan to reward yourself for goals and objectives achieved.