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Financial freedom

10 July 2014, 12:02

Financial freedom starts with no

They say there is value for money on delayed gratification. Credit cards, quick loans around the the corner, consolidation loans and technological advancements have all made it so easy to get big and small debts very fast. People have completely lost their ability to say” no”. we have been brainwashed by the media to a point where we think we can get what we want with no delay.

I suspect the reason most people do not practise delayed gratification is that the concept conjures up the principle of self-control, which implies a never ending application of will power. There is a slight psychological delayed gratification and self-control.

Delayed gratification implies a pleasurable moment at the end of the tunnel, while self-control has no such ending in sight. There is magic associated with delayed gratification. Food tastes so much better when you ve waited until you are hungry to eat it, and the three weeks of holiday is so much more enjoyable  memorable when you know it’s all paid for in cash.

So, what is not so cool about immediate gratification?

It makes people associate little work with high rewards. This subtle suggestion plays itself out in all other areas of our lives. Here are a few instances around gratifications

Easting fast food , instead of cooking a healthy meal raises chances of having a heart attack and diabetes or watching four hours of TV and not doing academic assignments’ may lead to failure.

People who invest in in delayed gratification associate hard work with high rewards. This idea also plays itself in other areas of our lives.

Take time and cook a healthy meal, you won’t battle with strange diseases. Do a good job and get paid good money. Spend time with your family promoting harmony instead of rotting your brain with TV.

Are you beginning to see the multitude of benefits that spread throughout your life once you step back from the trees and see the entire forest?

Immediate gratification gives you that narrow minded thinking, so you only see what’s in front of you. Delayed gratification is a price-less value. It allows you to see bigger picture and realise how everything you do contribute to it.

It helps to be a smart thinker, a planner, and an achiever. So become aware of its benefits, practise it and watch the quality of your life change. After all, nothing in this world that’s worth having comes easily.

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