Dr. Young’s sixth suggestion is to create something captivating and engaging,while continuing to do the things you need to do in order to achieve your goal. People will continue their habits, if they feel rewarded for doing them. This is precisely why people constantly check their social media after making a post, use coupons and repeatedly buy things they don’t need at the stores they love. They are captivated by the experience, and want to experience that feeling again and again. We need to make things captivating to help ourselves and others, to make the right moves toward their goals. Dr. Young offers three ways that you can do this.
First, make it fun. If something is fun for you to do, you are more likely to continue doing it. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult—you can make it fun. By being creative with the food choices and receipes you use, eating healthy can be enjoyable. Work also doesn’t need to be hard or boring. You can find a career you love, or find ways to make your current job enjoyable. The point is, when we can make things fun, we not only stick to it but we put more energy towards it and achieve better results.
Sometimes monetary rewards are great. In the context of a career, having a monetary reward for achieving a goal is great—but only up to a certain point (assuming it’s industry standard). Once you’ve surpassed industry standard, monetary rewards aren’t what drive performance. High achievers are motivated by the satisfaction which comes from contribution—particularly to the overall good.
Let’s say it’s a community reward that gets people to continue their behaviors. In the instance of gaming, several video games systems can be played between people in different parts of the country. Community is created, as gamers play against each other. This community supports each other and even competes against one another to reinforce the habit of playing.
Lastly, the reward of personal health might be what keeps people captivated. Seeing yourself improve your health is extremely rewarding. When you feel better about yourself, your confidence increases. Anything which can be used to track your progress—especially the ones you make daily like eating the right foods—will be crucial in keeping on the road towards your goal.
Now we can apply these tips from what we’ve learned, to what we are trying to achieve. There’s one last piece of advice left for next week, so let’s keep trying these suggestions until we get there!