As part of my coaching practice, I give out gold stars for effort.
Yes, you read that right.
You get a gold star for the effort you put into your tasks, not just for the result.
I find that so much more rewarding AND it helps people remember that their efforts always matter, no matter how things turn out.
Today has been a bit of a struggle (no crisis, just ordinary hard) but I am putting one foot in front of the other.
Gold star for me!