10 Quotes About Delayed Gratification

10 Quotes About Delayed Gratification

If you’ve found this article, chances are you’re looking to improve or strengthen your ability to delay gratification.

Delayed gratification is an important skill because not everything we want in the moment is actually something we want. Temptations are all around us. A temptation to spend is something that encourages you, pressures you, or distracts you from your plan. They’re typically things that are NOT planned for. Keep in mind, they aren’t necessarily bad or good… they can be really valuable expenses, but the point is that you didn’t plan for it initially and you are being tempted to violate your own plan, and that alone is why it’s a “problem.”

Another way of thinking about these temptations is that all too often, they aren’t ultimately in alignment with your values or what you say is most important to you. It’s not to say you don’t want it or don’t desire it, you do, but it’s often temporary or it’s simply not something that is MORE important to you than the things you’re putting your money toward on your plan.

Delayed gratification gives you the space and clarity of thought to ensure we’re making the best decision for ourselves.

It is not “No”… it’s “Not yet.”

It is not “I can’t buy this” or “I shouldn’t buy this.”

It is “I am going to give myself a minute to make sure I can buy this.”

It is “I am going to take a minute to make sure I should buy this.

It is “I’m going to take a beat to make sure this is what I really want.”

Delayed gratification is simply a skill that helps you feel confident with our money.

Encyclopedia Britannica defines delayed gratification as: the act of resisting an impulse to take an immediately available reward in the hope of obtaining a more-valued reward in the future.

Studies show that delayed gratification is one of the most effective personal traits of successful people. People who learn how to manage their need to be satisfied in the moment thrive more in their careers, relationships, health, and finances than people who give in to it.

Delaying gratification isn’t a new concept. As far back as 300 BC, Aristotle addressed this very idea, identifying that the reason so many people were unhappy was because they confused pleasure with true happiness.

Chances are, your true mission in life isn’t to have a series of pleasure filled moments. It’s to live a life of fulfillment, to grow into your greatest potential and to experience true happiness. 

Unfortunately, the urge for immediate reward over long-term planning often still controls a lot of peoples’ financial decision making.

Your job is to become more and more aware of how that shows up for you and to work on strengthening the skill of delayed gratification, as it has many powerful benefits.

Benefits of delayed gratification

  • Feel more grounded in your decision
  • Appreciate the purchase more
  • Align your purchases with the things that are most important to you (we have said “no” to impulses in order to have the thing we MOST want)
  • Feel less easily distracted and more committed and focused
  • Your Money management feels less chaotic and less reactionary
  • You’ll have less, if any, buyers remorse
  • You’ll be able to make quicker progress on your financial goals

If you’re looking to improve your ability with delayed gratification, reminders help you stay focused on your goals and trains your brain to pay attention to the right things.

Here are some places you could save/display these images:

1) Your desktop
2) Your phone home screen
3) Your phone lock screen
4) Print and put on your fridge
5) Post it on social media.

In fact, we’d love to see what you do with it! Take a picture or screenshot and email us at info@fiscalfitnessphx.com or tag me on Instagram @moneycoachKelsa.

Delayed Gratification Quotes

“The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable prerequisite for success.” – Brian Tracy

“Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.” – Richard G. Scott

“Delaying gratification is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with. It is the only decent way to live.” – M. Scott Peck

“The harder it was to get, the more you want to keep it.” ― Jay Mark Mateo Balmes

“If you don’t want to be average, don’t rush into doing what the crowd is doing” – C.C. Friday

“Self-discipline is often disguised as short-term pain, which often leads to long-term gains. The mistake many of us make is the need and want for short-term gains (immediate gratification), which often leads to long-term pain.” – Charles F. Glassman

“Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

“This quality of self-denial in pursuit of a longer-term goal and, indeed, the willpower to maintain the denial, is excellent training for the boardroom.” – John Viney

“Rule your mind or it will rule you.” – Horace

“Success is actually a short race – a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over.” – Gary Keller

Now that you’re more aware of what delayed gratification is and why it’s so beneficial for all of us to practice, I hope you’ll begin cultivating this skill.

One of the fastest way to boost delayed gratification is to become aware of when you’re not doing it. And the easiest way to do that is by having a plan with your money. That’s because the large majority of breaches of delayed gratification are not planned for. Creating a plan for your money is my super power. If you’d like a personalized plan to achieve your goals, add your name to my coaching waitlist here.

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