As girl bosses, we are constantly looking for ways to better ourselves and achieve great things. Go go go is basically our mantra, and success is something we will incessantly strive for. We all have different definitions of success - that goes without being said. Some measure success by measure of money, happiness, physical strength, and so on. But is there one factor that transcends all of these definitions, and facilitates success in health, work, and life overall? Research says there is, in fact, a practice that has been proven to deliver success across the board. Ready for it? Just wait 😉.
Delayed gratification can be a hard practice to master, especially in our digital world of instant gratification (don’t pretend that you don’t love watching your Insta likes roll in). So how can we apply this concept to our own lives? Most of us would have the self-control to resist a marshmallow in front of us (or at least I’d hope), but when we look at other situations of temptation that we’re constantly faced with, it may not be as easy to delay the gratification. Exhibit A: the other day I was doing my thang on the treadmill, so not feeling the last half mile I promised myself I’d do. Instant gratification would’ve involved me cutting my run short. My breathing would’ve slowed down, the burning in my chest would’ve stopped, and I would’ve instantly felt better. However, finishing out the run was better for me in the long-term, not only because it built up my physical endurance, but because it strengthened my self-discipline.
What about you? Where have you been cutting corners in your life? Where can you hold out a little to benefit yourself in the long run? At some point in your quest to achieve your goals, you will be faced with an easier choice of some sort. While the easier choice may seem really appealing, the caliber of your success may depend on your ability to practice self-discipline, and follow through on the more difficult choice. Impulsiveness is great, and yes, it’s important to #treatyourself, but by practicing the art of delaying gratification here and there, you’ll end up being much more successful in all of your endeavors!
Haven’t you delayed your gratification for long enough when it comes to ordering some Anjé? I think so too! Let’s fix that.