Instant Gratification

Is there anything wrong with wanting something right now, or with wanting satisfaction right away? Instant gratification is the desire to experience pleasure or fulfilment without delay or deferment.

Basically, it’s when you want it and you want it right now. Instant gratification is a habit where you forgo short-term pain, and instead, indulge in fleeting pleasures that ultimately result in the long term pain.
In other words, you find reasons or excuses not to do something because of the pain it creates at the moment even though you know that this action is necessary to help you attain your long-term goals and objectives. This is sometimes described as the instant gratification trap.

On the other hand is delayed gratification. delayed gratification, or deferred gratification describes the process that someone goes through when they resist the temptation of an immediate reward in preference for a later reward.

In the 1960s a Stanford professor named Walter Mischel began conducting a series of important psychological experiments. Mischel and his team tested hundreds of children most of them around the ages of 4 and 5 years old and revealed what is now believed to be one of the most important characteristics for success in health, work and life.

In the experiments the children were asked to sit alone in a room with a marshmallow. If they could refrain from eating the marshmallow for 15 minutes, they were promised a second marshmallow to go with it. The studies found that children’s ability to resist the urge to eat the first Marshmallow was highly correlated to many measures of success in life. Children who were successful in the experiments tended to have greater educational attainment and healthier body weights later In life.

This capacity for delayed gratification has become the dominant explanation for why some people are more successful than others. Successful people resist the urge to have fun right away, enduring pain and discomfort now in return for a bigger reward later.

Personally I believe to be successful you need a mix of both instance and delayed gratification. Why do I say that? Because successful people do not just focus on later life. They also focus on getting something out of their hard work now. To be successful at anything that takes a lot of time, you need to learn to enjoy the process, not just the end result. You need to build habits that allow you to get some amount of short-term enjoyment out of the same activities that produce long-term results.

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