Delayed Gratification Is The Secret To Everything

Delayed Gratification Is The Secret To Everything

There’s a Buddhist joke that goes:

A Zen student went to a temple and asked how long it would take him to gain enlightenment if he joined the temple.

“Ten years,” said the Zen master.

“Well, how about if I really work hard and double my effort?”

“Twenty years” – replied the Zen master.

In today’s society, we want everything NOW, in 10 easy steps (or hopefully even fewer!). This culture of “instant gratification” and FOMO (fear of missing out) is a reflection of our fast-paced and “on demand” lifestyles.

Do you remember life before next day shipping?

While it’s not all bad, it’s true what they say: good things come to those who wait.

Delayed gratification is the ability to resist the temptation for an immediate reward and wait for a bigger reward that comes later.

While delaying gratification is most often talked about in the context of spending vs saving money with regards to consumer goods and reaching one’s financial goals, it can also apply to all areas of your life such as your business, relationships, and health.

For example, maybe you’re working to improve your health through changing lifelong poor eating habits, getting more exercise, and meditating daily. You won’t see results overnight!  It will take hard work, and it might be out of your comfort zone. But even though the results might not come instantly, if you commit, they will come.

Delayed gratification is a common trait found amongst the world’s most successful people. It’s essential to reaching your long-term goals.

Every day we are faced with choices and their consequences. Understanding your life purpose and your core values will go a long way in helping you navigate all these choices and where practicing delayed gratification will serve you best to reach your goals.

To help reach your goals, start thinking through what really matters most and focus on that! Here are a few suggestions to get you going:

  1. Have a plan: Get clarity on your short-term and long-term goals. Write them down and create your action plan to achieve them.
  2. Prioritize: Learn to say “no” to that which distracts you from living your life purpose, and to that which is not in alignment with your core values and goals. Give yourself permission to prioritize the above.
  3. Celebrate: Celebrate accomplishments made. Toot your own horn with powerful self-acknowledgements for living your purpose and making a difference!

Grow Your Business With a Holistic & Mindful Approach!

Dharma J Pugliese

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