Short Term Gratification vs. Long Term Success
They say patience is a virtue, yet in this day and age it has become an extremely hard one to practice as all you need is usually one click away on your phone.
But when it comes to your health and your body composition there are no real and sustainable short cuts to reach your goal. You also cannot rely on others to get it done for you. It is all on you to make it happen…
It might seem unfair, hard or even boring but whatever decision you make will either be towards or away from your desired goal. This does not mean that you have to be perfect and say good bye to everything you love in this world, but it does mean that you need to make more decisions towards your goal than you do away from it if you want to see positive changes to both how you feel and look.
The question is what do you want the most…
Short term gratification or long term success?
If your goal is to fit into your old jeans or lower your blood pressure to a normal range, whenever you are about to endeavour something or skip exercising a good think to ask yourself is what do I want the most?
Unfortunately you can’t have it all, all the time. Such is life.
When we allow ourselves to give in to our cravings or exit strategies, we feel great in the moment. That first bite of the brownie taste amazing. The Netflix series on the sofa was so comfortable. You felt a sensation and you got the reward. Done. The comfort zone is blissful to stay in.
But as good as it first felt to give in, it also didn’t feel amazing for that long and you are not any closer to the goals you have set out for yourself. And soon enough there will be another craving and another decision to make… Towards or away from your goal?
Short term gratification is easy to start justifying, and often we don’t realise that we are doing it. I am myself guilty for have pulled these ones in the past.
“I’ve had a really busy day, I need a glass of wine to wind down”
“I’ve done my 10,000 steps, I totally deserve some chocolate”
“I’m on my period, I can’t control my cravings”
This may all be very true, but the question still remains… what do I want the most?
The thing with long term success is that it requires discipline and hard work to get there. You will not feel as good in the moment, but overtime the return will come multiplied and you will feel amazing. Not only will you reach your goals, but you also gain huge self-respect for your own abilities. And this will flow over to other things that you do.
Saying no to comfort when you want something is not a punishment, it’s a choice.
Saying no to comfort means that you are choosing what you want the most over what feels good in the moment.
Saying no to comfort is a way to grow into the successful person only you have the power to make for yourself.