Woohoo! You started the New Year off with a bang. You’ve set some goals for the rest of the year and can’t wait to conquer them. The trouble is, you’ve seen this happen time and time again. The excitement boils deep within your skin, hairs spike up, heart beats fast, only to have it fade within the next few months (maybe even weeks or days). Most of your hard work has resulted in little to no results. “Why haven’t I reached success yet? When is it my turn?” Great news! It’s coming…
In a study done by Walter Mischel, a psychologist at Stanford University, he led a group of children ages four to six into a room. Each child was offered a treat, such as a marshmallow or an Oreo cookie, which was placed on a table. The children were then told that they could eat the treat if that was what they wished to do.
There was one catch.
Walter explained to the children that if they waited for 15 minutes without giving in to the temptation of eating the treat, then they would be rewarded with another one. Walter observed the children in another room during the 15-minute wait. Out of over 600 children, one-third of them delayed their gratification while the rest of them immediately ate the marshmallow.
During follow-up studies, Mischel followed the test subjects and noticed a correlation between the children who immediately ate the treat versus the ones who deferred gratification. The children who delayed gratification exhibited better life outcomes, which were measured by SAT scores, educational attainment, and other life measures.
How does this apply to you?
When going for your goals, know that you are in it for the long term. Each step of your journey is meant to improve your current situation.
Love the process.
Put your head down, grind hard and know that it will pay off.
Work these next few years like no one won’t, so that you can live the rest of your life like no one can’t.
Rommel is an expert at being LIT. He believes that anyone can achieve mastery using the principles of Learning, Implementing, and Teaching. His goal is to empower and teach people to focus on the skills that they already have, and adapt them in a different way to start businesses of their own.