We work hard for our aspirations. We know what matters, and who we fight for. We're organizing our lives to reach our many goals, whether that is getting out of debt, losing weight, making time for family, and so on. It's natural to want to reward ourselves for our hard work. Don't allow these rewards to hinder the goals ahead though. Our future selves will thank us later!
A reward can look like many things such as chocolate, candy, sugar, coffee, chips, take-out, and comfort foods. Just because we are focused on our health goals doesn't mean we don't enjoy the finer things from time to time. However, allowing this in moderation is the key. Instead of denying the reward entirely, let's learn how to replace it instead.
First, let's grab a notebook, and begin jotting down all the things that bring us joy. Instead of that tasty treat as a reward, maybe we go for a walk in the park, to the movies, listen to music, go to our favorite shop, visit friends or family, play with our pet, read a good book, or anything else we can think of. We don't want to deny ourselves enjoyment in life. Where's the fun in that? We just want to make healthier choices for our endgame, and long-term fulfillment.
It's natural to want to go the path of least resistance, and fastest way to gratification. We're only human after all. We need to think about ourselves in both present and future tenses. Sure, presently we really want that take out, but another reward could be just as good, and we can survive without it. We could also try promising ourselves that if we just wait a day or two, we can check out that latest movie. Find fulfillment in other areas of life. Not just food. This way we don't feel deprived, and won't rebel later.
Begin visualizing what accomplishing these goals will look like. Would we be happier and healthier? Would we feel a sense of accomplishment? Who would be the first person we told once we made it? Can we picture the smile on our face? If we keep doing what we've been doing. We'll keep getting what we've been getting. The only way we can change, and reach our goals is by doing the hard stuff, the uncomfortable stuff, and choosing tomorrow over today. They aren't called growing pains without reason. Are we really challenging ourselves if we're comfortable? Probably not.
We have to make the choice for our future-self. They can't do it without us. No one can make the choice for us either. Sometimes changing our mindset can be beneficial in this. Start by replacing words such as have or need to get. We get to go to the grocery store. We get to go to work. We get to enjoy our families. We get to play with our pets. Positive thinking is essential. Find gratitude in everything! It is easier to be healthier when we are happier. There isn't as much need for reward. Living a happy life is reward enough.
Contemplate how emotions have effected our healthy living choices. What was the craving and why? Choose tomorrow, and begin making the plans and preparations. Make it so routine that it's second nature. Creating healthy habits can be like progressing on autopilot. Making the right preparations, strategy, and practicing mindfulness we can replace our rewards with healthier alternatives, and reach our goals for our future-self!
About the Author:
Ginger McBride is a certified health coach, wellness expert, entrepreneur, and raw food enthusiast. She is the founder of Raw Ninja – a wellness coaching membership that provides affordability and accessibility to her clients. She is passionate about helping others with their health, inspiring them to reach their goals through motivation, and education! To learn more visit www.rawninja.net
Learn how to replace our reward system with healthy fulfillment, and continue progressing to success!