Carrot on a Stick
Carrot on a Stick
Keeping Promises to Ourselves
The elusive carrot on a stick; a moving target; an endless to-do list; the never-ending black hole of “urgent” things. Are you familiar?
When I set out to do my taxes for the first time ever (thanks for all the years of help Dad 😅🙏🏼) PLUS my first years business taxes, I was totally overwhelmed. To get motivated to tackle this challenge, I told myself I could get my nails done if I turned my tax documents in to my CPA before the deadline.
Well, I spent over 25 hours across 3 weeks organizing every detail, line item by line item, tackling the learning curve full-on. And I did it! I accomplished my goal, got my stuff to my CPA, and that was that. Woohoo! 💪🏻
But then came time for the reward. I’d earned my fresh spring nails, as promised. 💅🏽 But as I began to acknowledge and celebrate my tax victory, the carrot-on-a-stick crept forward; the target moved; the to-do list expanded; the black hole sucked me in deeper to new urgencies vying for my attention.
I caught myself being sucky at keeping my promise to myself, so I drug myself to the nail salon and got ‘em done. But instead of cheering myself on and celebrating, I felt heavy shame and guilt the entire hour I was there. Like an imposter, a fake, someone cashing in on a reward that wasn’t theirs to take.
WHAT THE HECK?!?@*# Do y’all ever do this to yourselves?! I’ve been paying more attention to the promises I make to myself, and the ways I love myself in comparison to how I love the people around me. It’s not always pretty y’all. 😣 But I’m working on kicking shame and condemnation to the curb, and showing integrity, love, and grace to myself as if I were caring for my besties.
Today I celebrated achieving my weekend goals by flaunting my fresh toes at the Springs, but this time, sans shame. ☀️🙃💖 Now it’s your turn: what’s one small goal + reward you can set this week to celebrate your little victories? Only answer that if you want accountability, okeyyy?! 😉