What would you do for $100?

I was flailing around in the pool today at water aerobics. I don’t teach anymore…I’m enjoying myself as a participant again. (This is a very good thing.) Anyway, I was tooling along when I realized I could go a little harder. And then I thought, “What if we were all wearing heart rate monitors and whoever worked the hardest today got $100?”

Obviously there was no hundred dollars. But it was such a tangible notion that every time I felt myself just faffing around, I thought “A hundred dollars,” and got with the program.

I wonder what else I could bribe myself to achieve for a nonexistent hundred bucks. But it seems to me it can’t be overused or, with no reward coming, the tactic will eventually backfire.

Photo credit: Old Shoe Woman via Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-SA

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