Rewarding yourself and the Brodie from Fiorelli
When I got a promotion at work last month, my sister Robyn encouraged me to reward myself with a bit of a splurge and buy something beautiful that I didn’t really need. This isn’t regular behaviour for me – I tend to spend my money on food and rent and petrol (like a normal human) and the occasional T-shirt or summer dress if I’m feeling cheeky.
I liked Robyn’s suggestion – it’s a good idea to have some tangible and practical way of acknowledging your accomplishments to yourself, which is something that I’m particularly bad at. I’ll be the very first human to punish myself, but rewarding is really not something I’m used to. Which is ridiculous – surely good behaviour should be acknowledged, especially by ourselves? If I hadn’t spoken to Robs about it, I would have carried on without any real acknowledgement of my achievement, most likely even passing it off as luck or a big mistake How many of you are guilty of thinking ‘oh goodness, I’ve been rewarded for good work, this must be a mistake,’ just like me? It’s a problem – and it’s something that I’m working on, slowly. I work incredibly hard, and acknowledgment that this deserves reward from others isn’t good enough, I need to learn to reward myself for it too. Because sometimes you just deserve a splurge, guys.
So armed with the encouragement and wise words of my lovely sister, I bought myself something lovely that I’ve had my eye on for a little while: a new handbag from Fiorelli. Did I need it? Not really – I have 50 other handbags (Ant will attest to this,) but, does it make me happy, and did I deserve it? I think so. Plus, whenever I look at it now, I’m reminded that I can be great sometimes, and that’s worth every penny.
How do you handle self-reward and acknowledgement? Do you struggle with it like I do? Drop me a line or let me know in the comments below.