the prize mentality

Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend. I myself got back from a quick trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan yesterday evening. A good friend got married (beautiful wedding!) and I also had a chance to catch up with my friends at Michigan. All in all, it was a great chance to reconnect with so many people who are important to me.

Today I’d like to share an excerpt from a post written by Annie of Turning Pages. I initially stumbled upon her post because she linked to Jess LC, but I really love her perspective on how we should reward ourselves for a job well done. Take a look at the beginning of the post below and then hop over to read the full piece on her blog.

Hi, my name is Annie, and I believe in retail therapy.

Perhaps this comes as a shock to you. I mean, don’t I strike you as a fairly rational, practical being?

Too bad.

After life’s particularly difficult moments have been overcome, I believe in a little self-indulgence. Prizes, if you will.

Impress the boss at work? Prize.

Stay up late to finish writing that paper? Prize.

Help your law student husband pass the bar exam? Prize.

Burn dinner and manage not to cry? Prize.

Successfully make it through another week? Prize.

This may sound excessive. But before you call Jordan and warn him that his wife has a problem, take note: He already knows, and he approves. Or at least, he too, has succumbed to the power of the prize.

Finish law school? Prize.

Pass the bar exam? Prize.

Get a new job? Prize.

I should probably clarify that prizes don’t have to be expensive. In fact, sometimes the gifts I give myself don’t cost a dime. If I successfully make it through 50 pages of Plato’s Phaedrus, I reward myself with an episode of Glee. If I study all day Saturday, I go out to dinner with Jordan Saturday night. If I finish my work assignment on time, I drink a Coke.

This process isn’t so much retail therapy as it is a rewards program.

And it works.

So this week, when I came this close to withdrawing from graduate school — the paperwork was in my hand — I came up with the perfect reward to help me make it through the semester.

Continue reading Annie’s post here.

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  1. Betsy

    There is a quote that I first heard through a TED Talk, you should google them if you’ve not seen them.
    “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it”
    and I think this post, why Annie bought the necklace and how you manage to find all these other bloggers who share your voice really points out how well your business follows that quote and why you are and will be successful. (eek run-on sentence)

  2. Piper

    Such a great post – I kept laughing and nodding my head along because I do this too!! It’s a great motivator – even if it’s going to bed early or watching Glee, that’s a good reward to me for hard work! 🙂

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