The Power Of Delayed Gratification Explained
The power of delayed gratification explained:
Delayed gratification is an age-old concept which rose to fame particularly in the 1960s from the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment.
The experiment was conducted on young children who were interviewed in a room.
The researcher would place 1 marshmallow on the table and tell the child that if he waited for 15 minutes and did not eat the marshmallow he would be rewarded with another one.
The researcher would then leave the room and would return 15 minutes later, and the kids who delayed gratification got rewarded with the second Marshmallow.
Follow-up studies were conducted on these kids and the ones that delayed gratification were found to score higher on their SAT’s and generally do better in life over the ones who ate the Marshmallow.
This experiment pointed out that delayed gratification while it may not be the sole reason for success, it was one of the main reasons for it.
Living in a world where the preference for instant gratification is highly favored whether through Social media, Online shopping, Uber eats over cooking a meal or even Hook-up culture for that matter, I thought it would be useful to make a case for delayed gratification
Delayed Gratification helps impulse control.
Delayed gratification may be the most important method to instil self-discipline.
The inability to resist temptation and give into that late-night snack over staying the course of your diet, or instead of prioritising working on your assignment over binge-watching a new Netflix series that everyone is talking about, or resisting the urge to shop online for something that you don’t need just because of a Sale Bonanza and overlooking your long-term financial goals are all examples of how our impulses can get the better of us.
Hence, it would make sense to have a few strategies in place to be able to overcome temptation and these impulses when they arise again in future.
Few steps you can take to ensure you can delay gratification are:
1. Set clear Goals
2. Set Clear Time-Frames of Achieving these goals
3. Convince yourself why you want to do what you’re trying to do, why is it important and make a strong case for it
4. Trust yourself and use self-affirmation that will help you stay the course
5. Make sure you distance yourself from anything that you may identify as weaknesses or threats
6. Keep yourself busy and avoid being idol as this may easily become a moment of weakness
In conclusion, I would like to point out that the start is always the hardest part. Delayed gratification is like a muscle that only grows with time and repetition. Later, it will only get easier.
Go ahead now and delay that gratification, you will feel better and you will realize the compounding nature of your rewards, which will only then snowball into all areas of your life.
All the best,
Angelo is an accountant from Melbourne, Australia. He also loves to write on Self-improvement and he likes to share whatever he has experienced and learned. Angelo is a magnanimous person with an undiluted interest in cricket and football. If there’s one strength of his of which I am aware of then that’s his positive attitude towards life.