“Instant gratification takes too long.” –Carrie Fisher
Would you rather make 2 grand this month, or wait two months and make 6 grand? If you’re anything like these kids (and most of us are), it’s not as simple an answer as you might think.
I like to think of delayed gratification this way–I work like no one else today so that I can earn like no one else tomorrow. It applies to working out, to saving for retirement, and to so many other things. Stick with it and it will be worth it.
The more we can be disciplined to accept short-term pain for long-term gain, the more successful we will be.
Whenever you’re struggling to wait for something, divide a sheet into two columns. On the left side, write out the risks, pain, or discomfort associated with the delay. On the right, list all the advantages and benefits of waiting.
For example, in new home sales, working hard and missing nights and weekends today would fall on the left side of the page. But on the right would be the reward or goal that you will get in six months by sacrificing those things now.
Focusing on the rewards that delaying gratification will get you is a great way to get through the temporary pain.
Here’s to earning what you’re worth!
Do you have examples from your own life? Share them in the comment.
Contributed by Jason Forrest
Jason Forrest (named one of 2012′s Top Young Trainers for Training Magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform builders into sales organizations that build homes. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of Creating Urgency in a Non-Urgent Housing Market and 40-Day Sales Dare for New Home Sales. As a consultant for many of the leading homebuilders in the United States, Canada, and Australia, Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change. Learn more at http://www.forrestperformancegroup.com.