If you’re like many of our goal-oriented readers, you know that it’s sometimes difficult to find the right motivation to stay on track with your goals. After a particularly stressful week at work, you may feel like throwing in the towel at your sales target. Because of the pressure to make ends meet, you may feel like stopping short of the P100,000 you promised yourself you'd have by the end of the year. We say, don’t stop now. You’ve already come this far. Besides, we've found a way to help you stick to your goals. The key: you just have to give yourself treats.

Treats, according to happiness expert Gretchen Rubin, are different from rewards. “Unlike a reward, which must be earned or justified, a ‘treat’ is a small pleasure or indulgence that we give to ourselves just because we want it,” Rubin writes in her book
Better Than Before

Giving yourself regular treats strengthens your self-command, which, in turn, helps you stay on track of your goals and stick to your healthy habits. These treats make you feel energized, cared for, and contented and can range from an extra 10 minutes in bed every Monday or 20 minutes of absolute peace and quiet after work. Your treat can be an indulgent cup of coffee in the afternoon or a bit of uninterrupted Facebook time.

Getting ideas? Tell us what your version of a treat is in the comments below!

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