Should I give myself a reward if I keep my resolution?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    President of The GoalsGuy Learning Systems, Gary Ryan Blair, discusses if you should give yourself a reward for achieving your resolution.

    Gary Ryan Blair

    Gary is the President of The GoalsGuy Learning Systems, a highly focused training organization whose mission is to help their clients build and sustain superior performance. They accomplish this objective by helping their clients increase their sense of direction, confidence, and capability in all areas of their personal and professional life.

    Gary believes passionately in the enormous, untapped potential that resides within each person and is committed to providing individuals and corporations with tools of knowledge and skill they can use to unlock this potential. He has developed an entire library of world-class training programs, books and learning resources like the Personal Strategic Plan that are designed to make the heart sing, the mind expand and the spirit soar!

    To support his belief in the importance of goal setting and focus, Gary has established and sponsored two nationally recognized events: Youth Goals Education Week, a unique opportunity for kids and teens to learn about goal setting and its influence on their future, and New Year's Resolutions Week, an insightful series of activities designed to encourage people to set goals for their lives.

    Gary believes that life will not go according to plan, if you do not have a plan. He shares this belief and his unique strategies with school systems and companies around the world such as IBM, NASA, General Electric, Federal Express, Ford and many others.

    In addition to The GoalsGuy, Gary has created the wildly successful got goals?® campaign. It's mission is to inspire people to Be More, Do More and to ultimately Have More from life.

    His personal philosophy can be summarized into two words: Everything Counts!™ He believes in sweating the small stuff, and teaches that every action, word and thought either moves you toward or away from your goals, mission and ultimate legacy; that every moment offers an opportunity for advancement or retreat.

    When Gary speaks and writes, he does so from the heart, with warmth and humor. His unique gift is to speak to an audience and communicate with the heart of each person as if they were alone having an important, intimate conversation. A polished storyteller, he has a way of making the seemingly complex, easy to understand.

    Gary, his wife Erika, son Ryan, and daughter Libby live in Tampa, Florida with their two wonder-dogs Beefcake and Pork chop.

    Host: Should I give myself a reward if I keep my resolution?

    Gary Ryan Blair: So should you give yourself a reward for achieving your resolution? One word, yes; absolutely, positively yes. Now, the question is what type of reward should you give yourself and why is it important? Let s do with the why first. Why it s important is you need as much compelling fuel as possible and knowing that there is an additional incentive and added incentive for you, that you re going to get something as a result of all of this hard work and perspiration and disappointment that you are enforcing, that s a good thing. Now, this reward should be something that s functional, something you are going to wear, something that you are going to use, something that s going to be visible, or has some type of a physical utilization that you can participate on a day-to-day basis, maybe it is a sweater, maybe it is a new pair of shoes, maybe it is a wallet, or a handbook, maybe a pair of earrings. It could be anything along those lines. You are going to be spending money, you are going to buy another blass; you are going to buy another tie; you are going to buy another suit. My advice is tie your purchases to your behavior. Just don't buy something that makes use because it s on sale. Buy something that makes use because you earned it. There is a whole lot of difference in terms of understanding and using your behavior as your buying criteria. That is the smart way to go about doing it. So, rewards are powerful, but you need to understand a psychological reasoning for it. So, a little more information that s probably in order here. Rewards are an extrinsic reminder of intrinsic behaviors. The reward is physical; it s something you put your hands on, you can see and for the world to see. It s what it symbolizes it s most important, and it symbolizes courage, boldness, conviction, decisiveness, follow-through, everything that s good and virtuous about society. Now, does that deserve a reward? Again, yes, absolutely positively.