Here is one skill needed to be successful at most things in life: overcoming the need to have things right now.
To lose weight and get fit, you have to stop eating processed foods and eat only real foods. We all know, this is easier said than done. That’s because eating cake gives us instant gratification.
To be financially stable, you need to control those impulse buys. This is difficult as well, because buying the iPhone 6 on the release date provides us with instant gratification. “Buy now, pay later” plans, which often result in debt, also take advantage of this.
To be productive, you need to stop browsing Facebook and Twitter every 5 minutes. I’m guilty of this too. Yes, social media also provides us with instant gratification.
I haven’t mastered the skill needed to overcome this — I’m not even close. But I came across this excellent post from Zen Habits, and I wanted to share it with you. I will be putting these tips to practice. I hope you enjoy and benefit from this post as much as I did.
Here is a summary of the steps in the post, for easy reference.
- Watch the urges
- Make a conscious decision
- Learn over time
- Enjoy the moment without following the urge
Here’s to overcoming instant gratification.