1. Little daily sacrifices go a long way
In a world of technology and credit cards, everything is super-fast and right at our fingertips. Unfortunately, it has also conditioned humans to expect things to happen right now. Delayed gratification is a thing of past, but it stills holds immense value, should you choose to practice it.
Little sacrifices every day go a long way. For starters, they teach us to appreciate what we have because success comes after a lot of hard work. It takes a fine level of maturity to respect that. On the contrary, people who are attuned to instant gratification associate huge rewards with little effort.
Think of someone who likes to gamble – they might win a huge sum one day but lose it as easily by gambling again. Now think of someone who has been saving $100 every day – little daily sacrifice – in a few years’ time they will have saved up enough to buy a car, for example. And they are very careful where they spend that money because they associate it with effort.
When you feel like giving up, take a step back and ask: Am I being impatient to see results? Then commit to just one next best action step that moves you toward your goal, no matter how small the step.
Ideally, you don’t want to have it all instantly – you want to delay it. There’s a certain beauty in that – home-cooked healthy meal takes time but tastes so much better when you have a sit-down to eat it with your family, and keeps you miles away form that heart attack.
Don’t you agree?