For years, scientists have been studying the benefits of practicing delayed gratification. The findings have consistently shown that those who delay gratification tend to be more successful both professionally and personally. So what is this magical skill, and how can you start practicing it today? Learn how to master it and some power affirmations to support your efforts in this episode of The Confidence Podcast.
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For years, scientists have been studying the benefits of practicing delayed gratification. The findings have consistently shown that those who delay gratification tend to be more successful both professionally and personally.
What is delayed gratification and why do we need it? You may be asking yourself that very question – especially if you’re someone who struggles with impulse control or tendencies towards instant gratification. The definition of delayed gratification is the ability to resist temptation, especially when it would lead to pleasure in the short term but pain or negative consequences in the long term. Many people view this skill as a key indicator of self-discipline, willpower, and emotional intelligence. So, what are some reasons why delayed gratification is so important? Here are four reasons:
1) It can help you achieve your goals.
2) It can make you more successful.
3) It can improve your relationships.
4)It can make you happier in the long run
Delayed gratification can help you achieve your goals: It’s not about working harder necessarily but working smarter. When you’re able to delay gratification and put in the hard work now so you can reap the rewards later, it shows discipline and planning – both of which employers love to see.
Delayed gratification can help foster better relationships: learning how to wait for what we want instead of constantly asking for things upfront can lead to longer-lasting and more meaningful relationships. Because when we’re finally able to give someone what they’ve asked for after waiting patiently, they know we value them enough to put our own wants aside.
Delayed gratification teaches self-control: This one goes hand-in-hand with number two. Learning how to delay gratification teaches us how to control ourselves and not give in to every impulse or desire right away – a valuable skill especially when it comes to temptation (foods high in sugar or salt come quickly to mind).
Delayed gratification boosts confidence: The ability to overcome temptations and stay focused on our goals builds self-confidence over time – something that’s invaluable in any aspect of life. So next time someone asks how long it took you to achieve your goal… Tell them truthfully: It’s still a work in progress! 🙂
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