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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Delayed gratification

The first time i heard the phrase "delayed gratification", was at a  seminar i attended sometime last year. I have been meaning to do a post on it for sometime now, but it's either i have been too lazy or i kept procrastinating. Thanks to you guys who have challenged me to come out of my comfort zone. So here i am with the post.

Delayed gratification:
Simply, means making a choice which limits the ability of getting something now, for the pleasure of being able to have something bigger or better later.
The ability to resist the temptation for an immediate reward and wait for a later reward.
It is associated with resisting a smaller but more immediate reward in order to receive a larger or more enduring reward later.

To start with, our greatest wishes in life don’t come as easy as we often expect. Let's not also forget that what comes our way too easily or what we didn’t sweat for does not last because we never develop the skills to maintain it. In other words, while fighting to get that which we desire, life itself trains us to conquer it by instilling some skills in us. And these skills refine us, bring out the very best in us and practically lay the world at our feet. How nice!

In practicing delayed gratification, here are strategies you must adopt.

1. Know Your Values
When you know what is important to you, you are able to make choices that lead you to happiness and success.

2. Know What You Want to Achieve
Ensure you have clearly defined goals. What is it that you want to achieve exactly? Having a clear understanding of what you want to achieve longer-term can help you make a choice in delaying gratification to help you reach your ultimate goal.

 3. Create a Plan
When you understand your values and know what you want to achieve, creating a plan to help you get there can remind you of the choices you need to make along the way and reinforce the process of delaying gratification.

 4. Prioritise
Being able to prioritise what is important to you and what you want to achieve helps you make the choice to delay gratification.

 Advantages of delayed gratification

• It trains you for the future – It imparts in you tenacity which is one of the secrets of success. It is the quality of being determined to achieve something. It involves perseverance and is a quality displayed by someone who just won’t quit. You’ll agree with me that in a world as competitive as this, you need it to carry you through life. It also instils patience in you. Patience gives us the ability to put up graciously with obstacles in our path, to respond to life’s challenges with courage, strength and optimism. These are all must-have virtues for your journey through life, otherwise you may get lost in transit!

• It grants you more than you wanted – Haven’t you heard of people who had been jobless for years saying they got multiple job offers at a time? Or women who were once barren eventually having triplets, quadruplets? When life sees you are a good student in the school of adversity and you are not ready to give up, it salutes you and automatically rewards you by bombarding you with more than you ever planned for. Now, I am not talking about miracles though I believe in them. Life recognises and rewards hard work, determination and persistence -period!

Lastly, time has proven that when you take the pains of going through the narrow way- waiting at the end of the road is a golden crown and a giant trophy which will give you a happy and glorious life. Good luck!

What have you to say about delayed gratification? 

12 comments:

  1. Good and motivating. A nice way to get your life going
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  2. Patience is a virtue when you are on the right track. Its sometimes annoying but the fruits are Delicious


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  3. WOW! was the word..thanks for sharing this Gloria.

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  4. "I have been meaning to do a post on it for sometime now, but it's either i have been too lazy or i kept procrastinating."

    yea Minister Gloria this post reminds me of another post you said you are still working on in BMF's blog. you said is on " why you visits blogs"
    I guess you know what am talking about, alright?

    or are you still working on it, you should be done by now, you know? *smiles*
    I await your respond. thanks!

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    1. Yeah i remember the statement. It's a post on "why i visit the blogs i visit" still thinking whether to publish it or not.. How are you Lucy? Merry Christmas in advance.

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    2. It is well Minister Gloria! Merry Xmas and Happy New Year in advance!

      If you're in doubt about the publishing it then drop it, let it go, don't! just follow your heart, alright!?

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  5. To the readers including me, when you go through the narrow way, golden crown awaits you.
    Thanks for sharing gloria

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  6. Pastor Lucy doesn't forget things sha. I actually forgot about it. Hmmmn, no wonder people do advise we should be mindful of our words and promises

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  7. Delayed gratification teaches us patience which is a virtue every great person should learn.Timely post.

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  8. One should wait for God's time and pray for his leading. Thanks dear


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