Instant vs Delayed Gratification!

Instant vs Delayed Gratification!

Instant gratification is the immediate satisfaction we feel when fulfilling desires, while delayed gratification involves sacrificing short-term rewards for greater long-term benefits.

There are actually two types of instant gratification.

There’s instant gratification that provides ‘goal oriented satisfaction’. These positive actions serve as stepping stones that align with our ultimate outcomes. This type of instant gratification provides immediate rewards, while moving toward your goals, and can be enjoyable along the way.

Delayed gratification is the act of resisting an impulse to take an immediate reward in the hope of obtaining a more-valued reward in the future.

Choosing delayed gratification can be a bit tricky. Many lean toward instant gratification because it’s about satisfying those desires without delay.

Have you ever noticed how our world is obsessed with quick solutions?

People want instant gratification because it’s all about satisfying immediate desires without delay.

Similarly, we have set goals of saving money, yet we see a new pair of shiny shoes and immediately purchase them.

Why does this happen?

We want what feels better in the moment.

Instant gratification involves seeking immediate comfort, and can lead to negative consequences in the long run, because we’re choosing quick results over long term outcomes.

We’re also ignore our own goals and what we say we want.

Instant vs. Delayed Gratification!

Here are a few examples of instant gratification that can make you feel successful as you work toward your goal, alongside delayed gratification, which represents the positive outcome you’re striving for.

🎯 Goal: Better Strength!
Immediate Gratification: Feeling energized and accomplished after completing a workout.
Delayed Gratification: Building muscle mass, improving physical performance, and reducing the risk of injury in the long term.

📌 Goal: Lower Bad Cholesterol!
Immediate Gratification: Enjoying a tasty, nutritious meal that satisfies hunger and provides energy.
Delayed Gratification: Experiencing improved cardiovascular health, reduced risk of heart disease, and overall well-being.

🎯 Goal: Build Wealth!
Immediate Gratification: Feeling financially responsible each time a deposit goes into a savings account.
Delayed Gratification: Building a savings fund over time, providing financial resources for buying a home or traveling, and creating a safety net.

📌 Goal: New Skillset!
Immediate Gratification: Feeling a sense of accomplishment after completing each lesson.
Delayed Gratification: Developing proficiency over time through consistent practice and learning, leading to personal growth, and creative fulfillment.

🎯 Goal: Long Lasting Friendships!
Immediate Gratification: Feeling a sense of connection while spending time with a new like-minded acquaintance over coffee.
Delayed Gratification: Long lasting, meaningful friendships through a lifetime of shared experiences and mutual support.

Delayed gratification sometimes is the better choice because it means holding off on quick rewards for something more valuable down the road.

Instant Gratification and Sabotage!

Another type of instant gratification is where self-sabotage enters the picture, and steers you away from your goals. Here are couple of examples:

👉 You suddenly receive $100 and face the decision of either choosing instant gratification and spending it on an impulse purchase, or choosing delayed gratification by saving the money into the bank account for your future. Which one would you choose?

👉🏽 You go to purchase a silver car, but the dealer only has it in black. The silver one won’t be in for two weeks. Because you are in a rush to own that particular model, would you choose instant gratification by accepting the black available car, or would you choose delayed gratification by waiting for the silver one?

👉 You indulge in your favorite streaming series, watching one episode after another, but it’s bed time and you desperately need some rest. Do you give in to instant gratification and stay up and watch one more episode, putting rest aside, or do you delay gratification so you can get some sleep and watch another time?

👉🏽  What if you have a goal to get rid of unwanted pounds, yet you see some delicious looking cookies. Do you decide to eat the cookies because they’re convenient or delay gratification by skipping the cookies knowing that eating them hinders your weight loss?

👉 Let’s say you want your blood pressure to be normalized, and in order to do so, your doctor recommends a daily exercise routine at the gym, however a coworker asks you to go to happy hour across the street. Do you skip the gym or do pump iron instead?

Without taking a pause to consider whether to sabotage yourself in the moment, the goal could be harder to achieve. Understanding this is crucial for making informed decisions that align with long-term outcomes.

These decisions allow you to put your goals and your future first!

We often opt for what feels better in the moment choosing instant gratification, even if it leads to negative consequences, neglecting our own goals.

Plan Ahead!

In order to stop sabotaging your long term goals, it’s important to plan ahead and make intentional choices that align with your desired outcomes. Here’s how you can incorporate this:

🟢 Identify emotional triggers or potential challenges like social gatherings, stressful situations, or boredom. Your planning shouldn’t be driven by a need to people-please or prioritize others’ well-being over yours.

🔴 Once you’ve identified challenges, it’s good to brainstorm and develop coping strategies. This could involve preparing healthy snacks in advance, practicing calming techniques, or finding other activities to engage in. Remember, not to sacrifice your own well being for the sake of others.

🔵 Take time to look at your patterns and underlying factors about why you might be engaging in self-sabotage. Are there past beliefs that might be driving your actions? Understanding the causes can help you tackle them head-on and cultivate coping mechanisms. You could also speak to a therapist who can help you navigate through the process.

🟡 Notice your thoughts, feelings, and impulses in the moment and when facing a tempting situation. Remember to take a pause and remind yourself of your goals, and stick to your guns.

Planning ahead using your prefrontal cortex, helps with decision making and resisting impulsive choices, so your actions can align with your wanted outcome.

Brian Tracy famously said “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 prerequisite for success”.

The long term benefits of delayed gratification is like planting seeds and watching them grow into trees.

it’s important to trust the process, believe in your goals, and in your future self.

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