In the last blog, I wrote about rewarding yourself after you complete a step towards your goal.

There is a reason for rewarding yourself after completing a step, but not after creating a new habit.

Gretchen Rubin, perhaps the habit guru, points out in her book Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Everyday Life, that rewards are extrinsic; they come from outside yourself.

This makes them suitable for acknowledging that you have completed a step, because a pat on the back can help motivate you to start the next step.

Rewards can provide a light at the end of the tunnel to guide you to complete a step.

On the other hand, rewards are not appropriate after forming a new habit, because the ideal habit has no end.

A habit becomes part of you, so the benefit you get is intrinsic.

Rubin mentions several studies where people have been less effective at establishing good habits as a result of being offered rewards.

If you would like to discuss when a reward is appropriate, then come to the next goalsetting course.

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