Walking the fine line between enjoying every pleasure of life and preparing for future pleasure can be difficult.
I find competitors can really gain a lot from practicing delayed gratification in other areas of life to help get comfortable with the patience the sport will demand of you.
If you find yourself giving into things like cravings immediately and you fall into the habit of this, implementing some of the things on this list might help you to rebuild that trust in yourself.
There’s nothing wrong with you if you struggle with this. This type of ability to delay gratification starts at a young age and is often reinforced overtime. It can be indicative of unmet needs, attachment style, environment, and how you were supported or are currently.
If you can build this ability on your own, you’ll likely set yourself up for greater performance in every other area of your life.
Is there an area you find you seek instant gratification most?
I think for many of us it could be through social media, watching reel after reel or reading meme after meme always having entertainment right at our fingertips.
It could even be the tendency to immediately hit snooze and gratify your desire for more rest right away or the tendency to play that game you’re really good at whenever you get the chance.
Putting off these pleasures might feel like you’re delaying enjoyment in your life for an unpromised tomorrow but if we do not prepare at all for what’s to come we will likely continue to live in gluttony and too much of anything is never good for us.
What do you find supports you in exercising that patience muscle? How do you practice delaying gratification and focusing on the big picture?
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