Monday Motivation For April 23rd – Adding A Carrot To The Stick

This week we have a winner in the Monday Motivation contest! You win when I miss my targets! Last week I hit four out of five of my intentions from my Monday Motivation. I never had time to rehearse in front of a video camera for Saturday’s Law of Attraction Live seminar.

So it was close but no cigar for me. And that means one lucky member of the Evolving Times Community at MyBlogLog gets $100!

And that winner is Shama Hyder. (Shama, I’ll be sending you an email for your address or paypal account so that I can send you your $100!)

Congratulations to Shama. And if you want to be in the running for this week’s $100 – if I don’t make all my intentions – be sure to join the ET community over at Mybloglog!

So this week, will I react to the sting of defeat and play it safe?

Not a chance. I am having far too much fun as I expand the ways that I reach and teach and offer my insights and inspiration to more and more people!

After all, the point of this Monday Motivation – correct me if I’m wrong Wendy Piersall (my inspiration for starting this feature) – is to create some added incentive to empower your dreams!

Up to now, I’ve been using the “stick” alone. And that’s a great way to add some urgency to my intentions. Look, I don’t want to be throwing away $100 each week! So by posting my Monday Motivation list here, I’m held to a higher level of accountability than if I just set my Simpleology targets and go.

But experience has shown me that having a “carrot” to balance out the “stick” amplifies the power of the process. And this morning I realized that I had been leaving the carrot out of the equation in my Monday Motivation.

So beginning this week, when I hit all of the targets on my Monday Motivation list I’m going to take that $100 and split it up between my “financial freedom” jar and my “play” jar. And at the end of the month, The FFA money will go into our FFA account, and our Play money will go towards a great “splurgy” (like that word?) dinner for me and my wife.

Now that feels great!

(By the way, if you don’t know about the FFA and Play jars, definitely check out the book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, by T. Harv Ecker.

Ok, so what will it be this week? Honest, much of what I need to get done this week is catch up. Being gone for a week at the Peak Potentials Train The Trainer Certification program, and then spending most of last week preparing for the Enlightened Entrepreneurs Intensive full day meeting on Wednesday and the Law of Attraction Live seminar on Saturday has meant that a lot of basic administrative and business maintenance stuff has been left undone. So the targets on this week’s Monday Motivation might not be very glamorous, but they are all important.

So here goes. By Saturday at Noon I will have hit the following targets:

  • Post my very exciting announcement and add a bunch of awesome links to the ET sidebar. (Sorry to be a bit vague about this. Don’t want to ruin the surprise!)
  • Post this week’s edition of the Law of Attraction Carnival by Noon on Tuesday.
  • Get my March statements to my bookkeeper so she can get my numbers up to date. (I told you I was behind on some of the basics).
  • Have a debrief meeting with my logistics team and take stock of what worked at Saturday’s Law of Attraction Live event (most of it worked great!!!) and what kinks we need to work out for the next event.
  • Send out thank you notes to all of the assistants at Saturday’s event. They were awesome!
  • Sign up for an introductory class at the Pilates studio in town.
  • Prepare for my talk at the New Living Expo in SF this Sunday.

There you have it. When I get them all done, $50 goes into my FFA jar and another $50 goes into my “play” jar. And if I don’t get them done, one member of the ET community at Mybloglog gets $100!

And now it’s your turn!

What targets are you going to commit to hitting this week? When you make your targets public you create a much higher level of accountability.

So leave a comment below and let us know what you’re going to create this week!

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      9 Responses to “Monday Motivation For April 23rd – Adding A Carrot To The Stick”

      1. Shama Hyder on April 23rd, 2007 4:34 pm

        Woo-hoo! Thanks Ed! : )

      2. Wendy Piersall on April 23rd, 2007 5:17 pm

        Great way to turn it all around Ed!! Having both a carrot and a stick will surely whip your butt into shape! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      3. Grant on April 24th, 2007 1:22 am

        Hi Edward,

        This is just a general comment, I just want to say that you website is great and I look forward to getting your podcasts every tuesday morning!

        Great work!

      4. Edward Mills on April 24th, 2007 4:24 pm

        Hi Shama

        You don’t have to rub it in!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      5. Edward Mills on April 24th, 2007 4:25 pm

        Wendy. You are so right. Especially when I told my wife that if I get everything done we’ll have $200 at the end of the month for our “splurgy” dinner. She got very motivated to help me make sure it happens!

      6. Edward Mills on April 24th, 2007 4:26 pm

        Grant. Thanks for the comment. And just to clarify, the Law of Attraction Live podcast/radio show is on Monday mornings!

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      8. Jan Tincher on February 2nd, 2008 9:27 am

        I think that if you involve your wife in the “carrot”, maybe she would like to be involved in the “stick”. (I know, I know. She’s “involved” if she doesn’t get to go out for the reward, but motivation is motivation.) Maybe she would like to have her own set of goals that involve “how” she will help you reach yours. No input from you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just her way of making sure you both go out for your rewards, and are working for the greater good. Ah, just a thought.

        Here’s another thought, nice blog. My goal is to have 2 audios made by Friday. This is a very busy week for me, but I think it’s doable. ๐Ÿ™‚

        By the way, I just saw that the last date was in April. What’s the deal with that? Is this no longer a workable blog?

      9. Edward Mills on February 2nd, 2008 5:34 pm

        Hi Jan

        Thanks for the feedback. You’re absolutely right about involving Melissa in both sides of that equation. Good point. I hope you can crank out those two audios this week. I bet you can!

        Not sure what you mean by the last date being April. I stopped doing the Monday Motivation posts, but the blog is still going strong. You can always find the latest posts by clicking on the Blog link in the navigation bar up top.

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