Managing Positive Reinforcement – Daily Log Day 4

I mastered the Sonic today! I repeated it like a bazillion times, and it was awesome! Now, I need to master it on the rest of my fingers, and I can move on to the next trick. I’ve also been keeping up with my workouts, and I’ve been feeling great about that. The ancillary benefits of being able to wake up earlier and having more powerful orgasms are kicking in too, which is great reinforcement. I almost slipped today, however. I thought I ought to reward myself for embarking on this journey and having a good first week so far, so I almost convinced myself to lighten my workout a little today. I realized the absurdity of that, but it got me thinking about positive reinforcement and what it means. That is the topic of today’s thought.

Thought of the Day

People give themselves positive reinforcement in very strange ways. This is particularly true when people are on exercise or diet plans. The rewards often entail giving yourself a break from working out or allowing yourself to splurge. I realized today that this methodology is horrendously damaging to the frame the person is trying to establish and maintain. If the reward for doing something well is getting a break from that thing, then the thing automatically becomes negative. The effort of exercising and eating healthy ceases to be a virtue which should be internalized and becomes a chore that is only a means to an end. The reinforcement should instead be a purchase or something else which contributes to the endeavor you’ve embarked on. I haven’t gotten around to it yet, but I’m probably going to buy an awesome water bottle I can take to my workouts with me instead of taking just plastic bottles of water. This will give me the satisfaction of positive reinforcement as well as encouraging me to keep putting my full effort into my exercise goals. Similarly, once I master the Sonic on the rest of my hand, I will likely buy myself a spinning pen, instead of giving myself a day off of practicing. These acts of reinforcement help contribute to my frame, which my earlier post explained the importance of.

For you readers, take some time to consider how you reinforce your own successes. Is your methodology counterintuitive to the very goals you’re trying to achieve? Does it improperly frame your successes negatively? If so, consider doing something else.

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