Rewards provide inspiration to people. People act because they know they will receive something in return. It is important to note that not all rewards need to be physical. Rewards can also be natural. Natural rewards come after you have done something well and deserve it. If you do something good, naturally something comes in return.
There are different types of rewards that can be given for various reasons. Natural rewards are similar to intrinsic rewards. They are not physically-based. They strike a sense of positive emotions. Natural rewards provide self-motivation and encourages people to do better at whatever the task may be.
Natural rewards have a sense of :
Do you realize rewards are all around you? You may not even realize it. Have you ever thought about competence being a natural reward? Well it is. As we reach goals, we become more competent in the areas we are focusing on. Knowledge is a great reward that will get us far in life. It can help us personally and professionally. It is up to you on how you use your competence. Be proud of it and accept it as a natural reward for all of your hard work.
Competence as a natural reward:
- Can be used as a motivational tool
- Reinforces self-improvement
- Reinforces gaining further knowledge
Purpose and Self-Control
Purpose and self-control are needed to have meaning in your life. It is a natural reward that we typically have to find on our own, but others can help us find it as well. Purpose makes us feel self-fulfilled. It allows us to know why we are here. This feeling takes time to achieve, but once you do, you will feel rewarded for all your hard work. This natural reward can come at any time in life. It is different for everyone. Self-control has to do with one's ability to regulate one's emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. It helps you face impulses and temptations and make the right decisions. Being a self-controlled person allows you to be happy. You act when appropriate and avoid problems for yourself.
Ways to build self-control to build your own natural rewards:
- Recognize impulsive thoughts
- Place time limits on impulsive thoughts
- Practice breathing exercises
- Find a healthy distraction
- Find a go-to activity
Life is what you make of it. You must decide what activities in life make you happy and what are worth doing. Activities can be considered natural rewards. We do activities because they make us happy. Happiness is a natural reward in itself.In each stage of life, you will enjoy different things and different activities will be rewarding to you.
To reap natural rewards from life activities, it is important to:
- Know what you want
- Know what you do not want
- Cultivate the belief that it is possible
- Cultivate the motivation for success
- Change unhealthy patterns
- Create new patterns to replace the old ones
- Reinforce what you love
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