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I'm looking for a word that means taking some action hoping it will encourage their own good behavior. I'm certain this word exists but I can't remember if it's an adverb or adjective.

As an example:

Alice wants to improve her personal finances. She buys a subscription to You Need a Budget hoping it will encourage her to start using it and get a handle on her spending. The adverb would be, "Alice ___ly purchased You Need a Budget," or the adjective would be, "Alice made a ____ purchase of You Need a Budget"

Another example would be someone with a poor diet suddenly purchasing a lot of vegetables hoping that it will spur them into eating healthier. This person either, "___ly purchased vegetables," or "made a ____ purchase."

Words that are similar but not quite right:

  • Optimistically: The person isn't really being optimistic, they're trying to force themselves to be better.
  • Proactively: The person isn't anticipating something, they're trying to cause their own behavior to change.
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  • I don't think it's really the right thing, but the practice of doing something to influence your future decision-making is often referred to as "self-hacking." Dec 9, 2021 at 1:40
  • proactively is what occured to me instantly, and I think that fits the bill nicely.
    – user405662
    Dec 9, 2021 at 6:17

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The word I was looking for was aspirational.

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