Our best self is yet to be revealed.
In a time when so much gratification is immediate, it’s hard for many to believe that good comes to those who wait. Far too many of us treat the discipline of delayed gratification as though it were life’s greatest tragedy. The sad thing is that delayed gratification isn’t a “no” response…it’s simply a “not right this minute” response.
Consider the trouble that we get ourselves into when we deny our God-given ability to say “no” or to perhaps simply say “not now” to something we want or feel we deserve. When this happens we spend more than we have. We eat what is harmful or we eat amounts that are harmful. We commit ourselves to things that require superhuman strength and unlimited time constraints to complete. We add more work to our schedules and decrease exercise and rest. The sad thing isn’t merely that we want it all…that sad thing is that we want it all right now!
I don’t think that I would ever be accused of being a slacker by anyone who knows me well. I encourage dreams and hard work. It is wonderful to have great aspirations that are doable, reasonable and well planned. Just remember that for every action there must be a reaction. In other words, what will you say no to in order to offer a serious yes to a new venture or opportunity you’re faced with? [Read more…] about The Power and Discipline of Delayed Gratification