When schoolwork stresses me out, I become sad on top of stressed
I wonder how I can fix this unwanted behavior
The character, Elizabeth, has identified what makes her feel stressed.
I should start rewarding myself for studying in advance!
Elizabeth is expressing her disdain for how the school stress makes her feel.
I am less stressed and happier since I've stopped procrastinating!
Elizabeth has realized that the stress stems from procrastination, the unwanted behavior mentioned above. She is trying to find a way to stop procrastinating.
Elizabeth has decided that rewarding herself with gummy bears after 30 minutes of studying each day is a good start to ending the procrastination.
After the short term reward of candy, Elizabeth starts to experience the long term rewards, like being less stressed out about schoolwork.
After more time passes, Elizabeth sees that studying in advance and not procrastinating has led to excellent grades in school. She now sees the usefulness of positive reinforcement when replacing an unwanted behavior with a wanted behavior.