Celebrating Small Wins While Building Healthy Habits

healthy habit formation Feb 19, 2022

Changes can be fun to implement when you know that there are great rewards during the journey and that in the end, your life will change for the better.

I’m sure by now you already know that building healthy habits is possible when you understand the WHY behind the change and you put your heart and mind to making the changes.  Learning to reward yourself for each small win on your way to that final journey of change can be a very helpful tool in reaching your goal.

Setting up milestones and giving yourself meaningful rewards along the way can help in your continued motivation to do better and can help you strive even harder to reach the goal because that next reward really appeals to you. With this kind of inspiration and motivation, you will have the drive to become better and better every day as you get closer to the end of that goal.  It has been proven that success is more imminent when little accomplishments towards a goal are achieved and celebrated. Every Accomplishment Deserves a Good Reward!

Reward systems are being used in many scenarios today. At home, in schools and even in the workplace, a reward system is considered to be a helpful tool for people to achieve a better version of themselves.  When reward systems are in place, they serve as a motivation to go from one step of the goal reaching process to another.  For instance, it could help children to do their chores at home with out being asked. Students may learn to embrace their lessons and complete their homework.  Business environments can be more productive and employees will feel more valued and appreciated.  All those good things can happen, especially when systems that reward and recognize are in place for when the little accomplishments are achieved along the way.

Reward systems can certainly do wonders when it comes to inspiring people to strive to be better.  Whatever area of life you’re attempting to change, rewarding yourself for each progressive accomplishment can inspire you to move forward to finally realize the goal you’ve set off to reach.

Maybe you were able to stick to a healthier food choice while out to dinner with friends with your health goal in mind. Maybe the smell of cigarette smoke has become less appealing to you and it’s easier not to reach for one because you’ve weaned yourself off.  Maybe you were able to complete certain tasks at work by implementing strategies to continue where before you would come to a stop and not move forward and complete the project.

These things might seem like simple feats for others, but for those who are in the process of implementing healthier habits, these simple actions are a giant leap on their way to making strides toward the end goal of changing to healthier habits and these things little changes definitely deserve some reward.

The rewards will be up to you. You can decide on specific rewards yourself or you can enlist the help of a valued friend or family member to help you come up with some that best suit you that will help you stay on track during the process.  The main point here is that you will get something good out of being able to resist the lure of your previous intentions that did not serve you well.

At the end of the day, it is not really the reward that matters. What matters is that even if there is no reward, it will now be easier for you to say “no” to unhealthy intentions.  Because your WHY is stronger in your heart and mind than the bad habit, it can be easier to focus on the change and letting go of the things that did not serve you well, so that you will finally be able to live the life that you want, the life that you deserve.  Each time we have success, we create healthier neural pathways that change the trajectory of our lives.

Hopefully, this has helped you in learning how to set yourself up for success in the habit changing process. Use the newly discovered tools to finally break free from things that no longer serve you in this season of life.