My lovely granddaughter in England, who is eight, told Rika on Skype the other day that she was confronted with the choice between purchasing a mouthwatering cupcake and a toy, and she decided that, while the pleasure of eating cupcake would last only a few moments, the toy would last, in her young opinion, for “years.” So she wisely bought the toy.
She made the choice, without any adult guidance or prompting, to discipline her natural urge of immediate gratification and make an objective, considered decision. Would that more of the intellectually challenged, childish people around us with their raging entitlement mentality and weak self-control thought like this eight-year-old! “I want it all and I want it now, because I deserve it and if I don’t get it, it’s unfair, racist, bigoted, and prejudiced! I need my safe space and I need more coddling and free stuff from the government and my parents!” So speak the spoiled parasites and peacocks of our society.
Any successful, seasoned business owner, anyone who is a successful parent, leader, or teacher, will agree that discipline, patience, and objective thought, as well as the adherence to personal values, is vital to one’s success in any field of endeavour. I see this playing out in real time in my business. Those who understand the principles taught in the stories of the tortoise and the hare and the ant and the grasshopper know that consistency and perseverance, and as well as daily effort and focus, cannot be neglected if one is to succeed and be happy in life.
M. Scott Peck, in The Road Less Traveled, wrote, “Delaying gratification is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure of life by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with. It is the only decent way to live.”
How can we make it easier for ourselves to weather the hard times in order to bask in the glory and satisfaction of achievement?
- Associate with winners and achievers who share your values.
- Set specific, measurable, personal goals with deadlines and action plans.
- Work with a coach or mentor – preferably not someone you pay, but rather someone who has a vested or spiritual interest in your success.
- Consume only information that is aligned with your goals and objectives.
- Compare your progress with those who are doing better than you are instead of comparing your progress with those who are doing worse than you are.
Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com