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#184: Delayed Gratification

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

"The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable pre-requisite for success." Brian Tracy

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Many years ago in a psychology class the professor talked about delayed gratification. At the time I didn't fully appreciate how often I would apply this principle in my life.

Want to sit and read a while but your mind is focused on the sink full of dirty dishes? Delayed gratification tells us that we will better enjoy our "treat" after we have completed what we really do not want to do, in this case wash dishes.

But the feeling of satisfaction when they are washed, dried and put away will allow us to better enjoy our reading or other activity because we won't have the specter of a chore that needs to be done mentally bugging us.

Don't feel like working out, preferring instead to go shopping or to the movies?

Won't you feel better about yourself, feel a sense of accomplishment if you exercise first then secure the enjoyment of the mall or the movies?

Clearing our minds of what we often see as drudgery by doing what we don't actually want to do will free our minds and our spirits to enjoy those things we truly do want to do.

The next time a chore slaps you in the face, hit back and just do it and get it over with.

You'll feel good about yourself and better appreciate the reward you allow yourself afterward.
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