Some Thoughts on Health, Technology and Rewards

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Last week we talked about goals, the importance of having goals to reach, and the value of having little goals to reach on the way to a BIG goal.

Rewards

A slightly different aspect of reaching goals is receiving some kind of reward for our efforts. Teachers, parents, bosses and leaders know that people of all ages will often do something (reach a goal) because they might get prizes, presents, or rewards of some sort.

It’s natural to want a little something. . . like a compliment, some money or a gift if we achieve a difficult task. And when it comes to technology, it seems that many of us get the same sense of satisfaction when our electronic device alerts us that we have reached a set target — such as a distance run, or steps taken. We feel rewarded. The device essentially reports, “You did it! You succeeded!” and we feel good about ourselves. That motivates us to continue.

And devices are so non-judgmental! If we set a goal, our device confirms that we reached it (or not). There is no person’s voice to say we could have done it better, or faster or differently in any way. I think that many of us are sort of scarred from not meeting goals at some point in our lives, maybe in school, work or in a relationship. That may have put a damper on trying new things. So it’s kind of cool to have this anonymous, mechanical thing that says, “Yep, you did it! Good for you!” We can see it for ourselves, and be proud.

Stay tuned,
More to come,

Wishing you all the best,