Today is test day. Every Wednesday is. Which means the stress level at the Beal household is high in the morning before the bus arrives.
Chloe wants to do her best. We review her words as she waits for the bus.
The teacher often gives her the choice – take the test today or if you don’t feel prepared then take it tomorrow. She has chosen tomorrow more times than I’d like to admit.
This morning as we ran out to the bus I said – remember if you get 100 on your test today I’ll take you somewhere fun or out to dinner. Your choice.
She said okay. I didn’t think about it again.
When she came home today she rushed off the bus and ripped open her backpack.
She told me her teacher asked her if she wanted to take the test today or tomorrow. She said I NEED to take it today. I NEED to get 100 so my mom will take me somewhere fun or out to dinner.
So the girl did what she said she NEEDED to do and got 100.
I often do this during the marathon.
IF you run this time THEN…… IF you don’t walk THEN…… IF you push through the pain THEN…… Maybe it’s buy a new purse – maybe it’s eat 3 cupcakes instead of my typical 2 – maybe it’s treating myself to Starbucks twice in one day. Whatever it may be that day – helps motivate me. If I don’t achieve my goal I don’t get the prize.
Before B & A Marathon this year I wrote down in my journal. When NOT IF you go under 3:10 you can get a DREAM BIG tattoo. When I ran 3:11 it was one of the first things I thought about. 3:11 is close to sub 3:10 – right? I can get the tattoo? I told myself no.
Do you use incentives with yourself? With your children? Do you think they work?