Most of us, if not all, love to watch movies. Just this morning, I was browsing through my Facebook Homepage and I saw a photo advertisement of “Avengers Infinity War”. It’s actually divided into 2 parts. These are expected to be in theaters by the year 2018 and 2019(that’s 3-4 years from now). As a result, I need to wait patiently to watch these. I believe that the longer I wait, the more excitement and fulfillment I’ll get when I am finally able to watch them.
In relation to waiting, there is this what we call “Delayed Gratification” that successful people would usually apply in their everyday lives. It is a technique wherein people wait until they get the full potential of the reward and meet their goals. It is a battle between “I want it now” and “I’ll wait a little longer”.
I used to believe that we save money so we can buy the things that we want. When I started working in the corporate world, my only goal was to save money to buy my very own laptop. After a few months of working, I was able to save an amount to finally buy one. However, since my family members always tell me to save money, I decided not to buy immediately. As a result, it took me about almost a year before I finally decided to buy one.
I bought a laptop on a day when there was a gadget sale. Delaying myself from buying one immediately allowed me to purchase a high spec laptop with a discount. If I decided to buy one immediately, I would only be able to purchase a mid-range laptop or an older model. Aside from this, I was also able to set aside an amount for an emergency fund.
Delaying myself from my initial goal helped me not only achieve it but also motivated me to keep saving until such a point that spending money to buy it did not affect my daily expenses.
I know there are instances that opportunities come and we are unable to apply Delayed Gratification, but whenever we make choices, we should always weigh the outcome and be ready for their consequences.
“The longer you wait for something, the more you’ll appreciate it when you get it. Because anything worth having, is definitely worth waiting for!”
I hope this article taught you something about how to achieve success.
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