IG vs DG

Is wanting everything instantly beneficial to you? Chances are if you said yes, you are setting yourself for failure. The world bombards you with messages that promote instant desires regularly. For instance, you’ll see a before and after photo of someone who lost weight or “the rags to riches” story. People focus so much on the finished product that they forget the journey that led up to that point. For those who are not familiar with the terms, I’ll go into detail.

Instant gratification is wanting a successful outcome as quickly as possible. For example (and I’m sure we’re all guilty of this):

  • scrolling through social media to see the likes on posts
  • getting junk food when you know you’ll regret it later.

These activities are desirable because dopamine is released, which gives you a temporary burst of happiness. When the “high” wears off, you go back to feeling normal again. To maintain this feeling, you keep repeating the cycle. You may not think it’s detrimental to indulge but think about those resolutions you made; what’s the progress? It’s just keeping you in the short term mindset with no form of security to prepare for later months.

Delayed gratification, on the other hand, is putting in the effort now so you can obtain a successful outcome in the future. Examples are:

  • completing a course or degree
  • noticing progress after maintaining a workout regiment

It requires effort and sacrifice to attain your goals. It may be hard at times when you experience “failure” but not giving up forces your mind to adapt to counteract the diversions.

A well-known study of instant vs delayed gratification is the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment. The study was conducted in 1972 by psychologist Walter Mischel. Children were given a marshmallow (or preferred treat) and told they could eat the marshmallow now (instant gratification) or wait fifteen minutes to get another marshmallow (delayed gratification). Follow up studies showed that the children who practised delayed gratification obtained better life outcomes than those who opted to eat the marshmallow.

So I ask the question again; Is wanting everything instantly beneficial to you? Take some time to think about the long term effects before indulging in that guilty pleasure.

Beatus Manifestationes,
Nomadic Free Spirit

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It may be daunting at times, but it’s worth just pushing through and making the best of it.

Beatus Manifestationes,
Nomadic Free Spirit

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Having trust and belief in one’s self is one of the greatest gifts to surviving life! You’ve made the right choice, now it’s time to believe it!

Beatus Manifestationes,
Nomadic Mind Wanderer

F is for Forward

I was on my way to a workshop about ‘having an entrepreneurial mindset.’ When checking in, I found this button with the letter F. It was catchy and colourful, and I was instantly drawn to it. Without looking at the associated company, the first word I linked F to was FORWARD. FORWARD came to mind because it reminds me of my journey:

  • How I kept pushing myself even though there were lots of barriers to the point where it became frustrating and confusing.
  • How I kept creating a momentum even though I thought it was insignificant.
  • How I never stopped entirely but kept cruising to my current point in life.

Also, when I think of Forward, Maurice Bishop comes to mind with the quote “forward ever, backward never.” He used this quote to inspire the country to obtain growth on various levels. This quote is so powerful that it shouldn’t only apply to nations, but people, as they are the ones that form a country.

Forward is being able to understand me enough to want to make changes/movements. Understanding myself comes from interacting with all situations that appear in my life — learning from every experience I encounter because I will adapt to my environment and consistently be creative.

Forward is always going irrespective to the progress I see from other people. Everyone is different, and as such, every movement is unique. So I never become discouraged when I see others going at ridiculous speeds. At times, It’s always good to take the scenic routes; I get to take in life and pick up some valuable lessons along the way.

F means forward to me, what does it mean to you?

Not sure who Maurice Bishop is??
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Bishop

Pax et Felicitatem,
Nomadic Mind Wanderer