“Don’t give up what you want the most for what you want right now.”
-attributed to Peter Rossomando, Head Football Coach at CCSU
A characteristic shared by many of the most successful people is their ability to delay gratification in order to achieve their most highly desired objectives.
In the late 60s/early 70s Stanford University psychologist Walter Mischel did a study in which children ages four to six were given the choice between one marshmallow provided immediately, or two marshmallows if they waited for 15 minutes. In follow-up studies, the researchers found that those who were able to wait longer for the preferred rewards tended to have better life outcomes.
What disciplined actions, behaviors, and habits must you develop in order to resist short-term wants so that you can realize your most cherished and valued priorities?