By Davide Costella
REWARD. Just by reading this word, your memory can be stimulated to recall those experiences you have had linked to REWARD and a given thought or behavior can be triggered. This process is totally unconscious. The aim of this article is to raise your awareness about how you process rewards.
I recently went through a stimulating and successful period in my life where I achieved a number of milestones, one after the other. I enjoyed successes that were both private and business-related, some quite impactful, others slightly less.
During this time, there was one situation that had a strong emotional impact on me and triggered a totally different way of thinking about rewards. This particular project was a long and cumbersome one -- one of those projects where you give 150%, where personal reward is the real drive, not bonus or promotions.
My epiphany moment occurred when the project finally went live. Due to geographical distance, I was unable to celebrate with the rest of the team. Although I received some compliments, I did not feel completely rewarded. An emotional thunderstorm hit me and triggered various questions and some lessons learned about how we reward ourselves. See the points below. Before you read these points, remember that the actual definition of reward is: Something of value given in return for an act. ... Click 'Read More'...
1. Make sure you clearly visualize your achievement.
My invitation to you is to think about what reward means to you and apply 1 or 2 learnings the next time you get rewarded or deserve a reward. There is one and only one person with whom you spend the most time in your life and that person is YOU. Being aware of how you like to be rewarded can be a key to happiness.
How can you set up a more rewarding situation for yourself or your team?