Reward in Goal Setting
Celebration is a really important thing to do, upon successful completion of any goal. Setting a reward gives you something pleasurable to look forward to, in addition to the fulfillment you experience upon successful completion of your goals. The great thing is that you are not required to spend tons of money to enjoy that celebration! It can be allowing yourself, as one of my clients decided to do, just to read a book of her choosing for pleasure – without feeling guilty and without being disturbed. It could mean a bubble bath, or a trip to your favorite park. Whatever brings you joy is a great way to celebrate.
It’s important to stop at the completion of a goal to celebrate all that has been accomplished, and all that God has shown you during the journey to that point. In fact, you can see it as an act of worship by showing gratitude for His continued presence with you along the way, and for Him giving you the direction, the energy, and all of the other necessary tools to compete the journey. It’s a time of reflection, possible recalibration, and gratitude. It’s also a time to examine lessons learned on both the positive experiences and in the areas involving challenge.
Celebrating a victory here is not just about brining joy to you, alone, though. Your victory celebrations are for others, as well. When you celebrate your victories publicly, you give hope to others who are trying to reach their goals as well. You become living proof that it is possible to accomplish goals. Your celebration might be the very thing that God uses to encourage others to begin their journey on the path He’s placed before them. What a privilege to be used by God in that way.