Instant gratification. We all fall for its appeal from time to time, even the most sensible of us. Being aware of its dangers does not make us immune to its charms.
Who hasn’t chosen a piece of cake over a fruit when on a diet, who hasn’t said yes to that extra glass of wine, who has never bought something they didn’t really need, or stayed up to watch that film instead of going to bed when having to get up early.
We’ve all done it and it’s fine once in a while. Few people are single-minded enough to never stray from their goal. I know I’m not. Life can be difficult enough without making things harder for ourselves.
Instant gratification can sometimes give us a respite especially when we have long-term goals. If you allow yourself to stray occasionally, you feel you have a choice and you don’t feel trapped.
However, instant gratification is habit-forming and repeatedly falling prey to its appeal can have devastating effects: that piece of cake can lead to obesity and diabetes; that extra glass of wine, to alcoholism; and buying things just because you want them might lead to debt and poverty.
Don’t let a fleeting pleasure deter you from your goals; reaching them will bring its own, longer-lasting rewards