Reward Yourself

TGIT: Thank Goodness It’s Today!

I have never been one who saw the benefit of rewarding our kids for being capable enough to put on a uniform and placing a hat on their heads with the bill facing forward. Showing up may be 80% of the battle according to Woody Allen but sooner or later a little talent will support your acceptance speech.

On the flip side, I am not a fan of the coach who tells his athletes to act like they have been there before when they score the winning touchdown and they salt a little celebration into their staid professional demeanor.

So, what’s my message today? Ladies and gentlemen in entrepreneur land, when you do something exceptionally well and you accomplish a major goal or achieved a particularly difficult task, find the time (make the time) to reward yourself for a job well done.

How you do it and what you do is entirely up to you. Just don’t forget to acknowledge yourself (or your employees) with a little applause when the situation calls for a little celebration.

***It is true that a rewarded behavior gets repeated, but suiting up should be a given.

SIDEBAR: Last night two Major League Baseball Teams lost both being favorites to win. Life doesn’t always unfold the way we planned. The favorites are licking their wounds. (Atlanta & LA) The winning teams are doing their happy dance. (Washington & St. Louis)

For all teams involved life goes on. There is always “next year.”

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