How to Think Better: immediate gratification

In the short-term you want…

  • The second piece of cake…
  • To veg on the couch in front of the TV after a long day of work…
  • To spend another afternoon shopping on credit…
  • To put off getting started on that big project…

The lure of immediate gratification.

When you consider only the present moment, it’s not hard to figure out what calls to you.

But by making all your decisions based on the feel-good, immediate gratification of the short-term, you never get where you want to go—in your own personal development, the quality of your health and relationships, the success of your career or business.

You can only live your best life by taking a longer-term view.

And this longer-term view is only possible when you know a thing or two about your deeper yes—who you are and what you stand for.

So what’s your deeper yes?

  • What are your values?
  • What do you find meaning in?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • Why are you here?

When you can’t answer those questions deeply and honestly, the cake, couch, credit card will always be too enticing.

Imagine you’re at the crossroads of a decision.

One path is the easier, softer way of the short-term view. The other is the short-term sacrifice and big time payoff of the longer-term view.

And now think about this:

The only way to say no to anything is to have a deeper yes. —Matthew Kelly

Are your yeses and nos taking you where you really want to go? Are the choices you’re making today consistent with your deeper yes?

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