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Day 48: Using Smart Rewards Each Day

by Feb 17, 2021Challenges, HOAM Elements, HOAM Insights0 comments

Let’s see if you can find the problem in this story!

Once upon a time, a Hero On A Mission (HOAM) is excited about his 1-Year Vision.

In the health section of that vision statement he says he wants to lose 15 pounds this calendar year.

Mr. HOAM is looking forward to feeling better, eating better, and looking better when he reaches his goal.

Mr. HOAM also uses the HOAM Daily Planner sheets four-to-five times each week to plan his days.

One of the important things Mr. HOAM does each morning in his Daily Planner is prioritize his three most important tasks for that day.

For each Primary Task, Mr. HOAM writes down a reward he will give himself when he completes it.

For several weeks he used rewards like:

  • Chocolate
  • Ice Cream
  • Banana Bread
  • Etc.

These rewards made Mr. HOAM happy.

Did you catch Mr. HOAM’s problem?

That’s right!

He was rewarding himself for completing Primary Tasks with food that didn’t help him with his vision to lose 15 pounds in 2021.

The sweet rewards worked against his vision.

If you guessed Mr. HOAM is me. You’d be right again.

Feedback Is Your Friend

One of the benefits I’m getting from my morning routine and utilizing the Life Plan, Goal Planning Worksheets, and Daily Planner has been the regular feedback loop it creates for me.

I saw the discrepancy between my vision for my weight and my daily rewards

I see how long it takes me to accomplish Primary Goals each day

I see when I’m trying to do too many things at once

I get frequent reminders about the goals I rarely get around to doing

All of this feedback is helpful.

  • I’m more confident in my daily work and time investment.
  • I see more clearly what I need to start prioritizing if I want to see my vision become reality.
  • I understand where my biggest “time wasters” are.
  • I’m thinking differently

Because of that, I’m making different choices than I was three months ago when I started my HOAM adventure.

I look forward to seeing how Mr. HOAM will have changed three months from today.

Glen Stevens

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