What motivates you, the carrot or the stick?
Are you more encouraged by a reward or does the fear of punishment drive you forward towards a desire or goal?
I wrote a little funny about cheating a while back, and realized I’ve never really liked the idea of having a “cheat day” when it comes to dieting. I felt like I was doing something wrong, and therefore had guilt feelings about it.
So when I started this new diet I was happy to see that one day each week, I get a “reset” day. On that day, I get three reward meals. Yes!
It got me thinking about reward verses punishment.
I am definitely the reward-motivated person. I don’t know if it is because my Mom doled out punishment like it was the only option, or if I just naturally operate that way.
My Mom used to whack me on the head with the brush if I didn’t hold still while she was pulling my hair back into the tightest ponytail possible. She also knew exactly how to make a flip-flop sting like nobody’s business when she was upset with whatever it was I was doing wrong.
I could give you a bunch more examples, but I’ll leave it at that.
My parents didn’t hand out compliments or at-a-girl’s much either. I actually don’t remember any, but that could just be my memory, not the facts.
So I can see why I’m motivated by reward.
If I do a good job, I want recognition for it. That spills over into way more than food for me too, but that’s another blog post.
I had my reward day on Saturday’s and thoroughly enjoyed it. And I had no trouble whatsoever getting back on the diet on Sunday, (which is actually more like a normal way of eating).
For me, this is working. And, it is so nice to figure out what works. I feel great and it’s easy. I’m cooking at home way more, which reminded me how much I like to cook….especially carrots.
What works for you? Have you figured it out yet?