I like achievements. Sure, I like winning contests, and getting praise, and stuff like that. But what I really go for (and if you know what I’m talking about, you’ll see that there is in fact a difference), is accomplishing things. Crossing stuff off my list, getting to the next level, being rewarded by the task.
For example, it wasn’t enough to really like going to spin classes, I had to become a spin instructor. I like to go all out – just get to the next step. Moving up, not always laterally. I recently purchased a Kobo ereader. I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but I do, and I find I read now more than ever. Part of the reason why may be how I get awarded for various things. Like, the other day I accomplished 10,000 pages. Another one I got was called the “Witching Hour” award – for reading 5 times between 1 and 3 am. These little “awards” just pop up when you’re least expecting it to happen. There are a whole bunch of them and oddly, I find it very fulfilling.
When I was a kid, I was in Brownies. I got every stinking badge there was to be had, including the badge for getting all the badges. Now that I’m an adult, they don’t give out badges for stuff I do. For example, there’s no “great lease reviewing” badge, or a “super teleconference call” badge. That really left a void for me, personally (and in many ways, professionally).
I recently got a charm bracelet from the ECBF. I’ve been secretly collecting charms for this bracelet since before I met him. He knows, and can appreciate that I like to reward my accomplishments, even when no one else does. Whenever I reach a milestone of some kind, hit the next level on something, I get myself a little silver charm. It’s like my adult version of my brownie sash. I have a little barbell charm, for when I passed my strength-training teacher licensing, for example.
I teach a regular zumba class, twice a week. It’s another little creative outlet of mine. I find it helps me get the “drama” out. I can be as dramatic as I want in front of my class and it’s a lot of fun – and then I don’t feel the need for the theatrics in other aspects of my life (I think the ECBF also appreciates this but that’s just a theory). Zumba gives its own set of badges to its instructors. Every time you complete a training, or attend a conference, you get a little circle thingee next to your name on their website, and just like in Brownies, or on the ereader, I crave getting the next little “badge”. This week I was in Toronto working on my next badge. On Monday I’ll be back in the office, working towards…well, no badge. But that’s the void I’m talking about.