The problem with instant gratification is that it often creates long-term complications, such as addiction, health complaints, and financial problems, and it continually postpones the things that we could do to install empowering habits.
Instant gratification goes hand in hand with not taking responsibility.
If we take a step back for a moment and look at the bigger picture, on a societal and global level, this attitude of instant gratification and irresponsibility results in ecological destruction and economic calamity.
Many people look at the world and feel powerless, “What can I do?” This attitude is exactly the kind of limiting belief that separates people who are high achievers and make a positive difference in the world from people who live mediocre lives.
You do not have to save the world, but a fulfilling life that makes a compelling difference to yourself and others requires long-term thinking and the development of self-discipline.
For some people, the word discipline has the connotation of punishment, of being made to do something as a penalty for having done something wrong. However, self-discipline is really about the opposite of punishment, it’s about putting oneself first in a way that brings you more out of life—more time, more money, more health, and more enjoyment of your mind and body. Yes, you may have to give up things to develop self-discipline, but you will gain something far more significant in the process.
This mindset of success can be cultivated and self-discipline is the door you need to walk through to reveal the most successful version of yourself.