Step 9: Reward Yourself for Taking Steps

Step 9: Reward Yourself for Taking Steps

Step 9: Reward Yourself for Taking StepsThis is Step 9 of my ten-step method to manifest money, and part of the thirty-day experiment (March 13-April 11). Please read the introduction post and the previous eight steps before continuing.

We are almost at the end of the thirty-day experiment! Be proud of yourself for taking the steps you’ve taken so far, regardless of the outcome.


Reward Yourself, Regardless of the Outcome

The result you want is often out of your control. Your responsibility is to take the next step, and the next, and the next. Detach yourself from the actual outcome of each step you take. If you take inspired steps over and over again, success will come, all in good times. Your job is to just keep taking small steps toward your goal, not to control how things turn out.

For example, reward yourself for opening an e-business or for creating a new blog instead of rewarding yourself for making a certain amount of sales or getting a certain number of views on your blog. Sales and views are great, and they are certainly a significant aspect of your success, but you have no control over how many people buy from you or who visits your blog. Focus on things you have control over, like steps you take to promote your business or your blog. Then look at sales or followers as a guideline to see if you’re moving in the right direction, but reward yourself for the steps you take to make it happen, regardless of the actual result.


Time to Reward Yourself!

Here is what I suggest:

  1. Make a list of steps you intend to take toward your goal.
  2. Decide on a reward: a small gift, a hot bubble bath, a lottery ticket, or anything else that appeals to you. It has to be something you look forward to, something that will trigger you to take the next step in order to get the reward. Reserve your reward only for this purpose.
  3. Each time you take five steps, reward yourself and enjoy the satisfaction of having taken action toward your goal. Pat yourself on the back. You’ve done well!
  4. Start over with a new reward and a new list of steps every week.

If you kept a list of steps you’ve taken since the beginning of this experiment, reward yourself for taking them. If you’ve taken ten steps already, you’ve earned two rewards. Time to celebrate and thank yourself for following your dreams!

You can modify this method to fit your needs. For example, if your steps are small and frequent, you may want to reward yourself every ten steps instead of five. If your next step is very big and demanding, you may want to reserve a special reward just for that difficult step you need to take.

The beauty of this method is that you get rewards along the way, before actually reaching your main goal. Sometimes a little encouragement goes a long way. Be your own source of encouragement and support.


My Examples

I used to reward myself with instant lottery tickets each time I exercised regularly for a certain period of time, regardless of the number on the scale. I carried the unscratched ticket with me until I went to the gym five times, for example, then I could scratch it as a reward. It was very effective! I so wanted to scratch it and see if I won anything, but I had to do the work first. Sometimes I went to the gym just because I needed to go one more time to scratch my ticket, even though I didn’t feel like exercising.

Since this method is about manifesting money, I’ve decided to use the same reward system again. Carrying an unscratched lottery ticket until I’ve taken five steps toward my goal has an added bonus: it makes it easier to get in the state of mind of receiving unexpected money. What would I do with an extra $20,000? What about $50,000? I daydream about how I would use the amount I could win. Whether I win or not is irrelevant. I’m attracting money into my life with my thoughts and attitude.


10-step method to manifest moneyUpcoming Final Step

Only one more step to go! On Monday we will evaluate our success (Step 10) and make adjustments according to the results. Even though the 30-day experiment is coming to an end, this is just the beginning of a new lifestyle. We will wrap up the experiment on Tuesday with a recap of each step and some tips on what to do next.

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