Bribe Yourself

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Keeping motivated is a constant struggle for me. Saturday night I sat in my comfy chair desperately trying to think what I could do to motivate myself to eat healthy and exercise. I felt so out of control that I couldn’t think of anything that would convince me to take care of my body.

Toys? I have all the cool toys I could ever want. Movies? My Tivo and NetFlix bring movies that I will love to my doorstep whenever I want them. Books? I have a stack of books that I want to read and haven’t given myself the time. Time? I have the same problem with taking time for myself as I do for eating healthy. Money? I have all the money I need in that little debit card in my purse.

Then I remembered something from my teen years that hit me. When I worked at K-Mart, putting myself through college, they paid me every week in CASH. I don’t know if they still do that, but back in the 80’s, that was their policy. I would take half of that cash and hoard it away for tuition and books. I LOVED the growing stack of bills hiding in my desk.

Sure, I have a bank account that accrues interest (however minuscule), but that is for serious things like paying the IRS and saving for a home. The idea of that envelope of hoarded money was appealing to me, so I set up a bribery scheme based on that idea.

Bribery is perfectly acceptable.

I created a new form and you can download it here:

I can set goals for my diet, physical activity, work, home, family and joy. I have set dollar amounts that I can collect and hoard in my little envelope every week. Of course, you can give yourself stickers, bribe yourself with time, movies, books, whatever works for you. It took me a long time to find something that was inspiring for me. Sit down and find out what will work for you and then set some goals for yourself.


4 Responses to “Bribe Yourself”

  1. Ernie Says:

    I like the idea of bribing myself…and I, too, would be motivated by an ever-growing stash of cash. I might try this method, but I might just get myself a jar to stuff the bills into!

  2. AndrewE Says:

    I love this idea! Hmmm…cash!

  3. AmberLeigh Says:

    Shoot! I couldn’t get the sheet to work. What a great idea!

  4. Sabriny Says:

    I think this is a wonderful idea. I am going to give a try….


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