Delayed Gratification Is Having the Patience and Discipline to Wait and Work for Something Better Later On.
Here are related ways to think about this lesson:
- A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
- Self-respect is earned, one decision and one action at a time.
- Start with the end in mind.
- Taking baby steps toward something that matters will eventually lead you there.
Here’s a summary of this life lesson:
Patience is a critical life skill. Feelings happen much more quickly than thoughts. Infants and immature individuals react to situations impulsively, without thinking. Maturity gives us the ability to resist temptation, regulate behavior, evaluate options, and anticipate consequences. In other words, maturity enables us to consider other perspectives. Taking time to decide what we really want and why it’s important is a powerful way to create a life that matters. We learn to anticipate opportunities sand deal with inevitable challenges.
When we identify a meaningful goal or dream and then achieve it through patience, discipline, and hard work, we experience priceless satisfaction, pride, and self-respect.
Ask yourself, “To get unstuck, I need to learn how to . . . “
Click on the skill you’d most like to learn! Use these skills in your daily life. Notice your progress! Then add another skill from this or another lesson.
Writing helps you sort out your thoughts.
We've written a series of questions so you can dig deeper and get unstuck.
And we created two ways for you to do it, depending on how you work best:
IF you like to write your thoughts on paper, then print out our form, fill it out, and keep it in your journal. If you wish to share it with Esther, then scan it or take a picture of it with your phone and send it to her at her email address.
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OR you may like to type instead of write, so we've created a form that you can fill out and have sent to you. Then, if you'd like to share it with Esther and get some personal counseling, simply reply to the email!
Remember, the content you write in this form is confidential. It is emailed to you (to the email address you supplied) and nobody else.
If you wish to have Esther consult with you on your answers, then simply reply the email once you receive it. (Instructions are in the email along with your answers.) Esther may provide a simple reply or suggest further reading, a group session, or personal counseling, and it's completely up to you at that point how you would like to proceed.