Delayed Gratification Quotes for Success in Life

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Today we feature Delayed Gratification Quotes for Success in Life. First off, just what is delayed gratification and why do you need to learn it? As Wikipedia details, “Delayed gratification… describes the process that the subject undergoes when the subject resists the temptation of an immediate reward in preference for a later reward.”

In most cases that immediate reward is not vitally important to one’s life. And, if it can be postponed or dispensed with altogether (think about the candy bar near the register as you’re checking out) you’ll be better off in the long run.

As it turns out delayed gratification is actually one of the cornerstones to success in life. As we covered in our previous post, 22 Wealth Tips, this idea was confirmed in the famous Marshmallow Experiment.

The Marshmallow Experiment

In the Marshmallow experiment children were given a marshmallow and told they would receive another one if they waited 15 minutes to eat the first one. This test of self-regulation was a real test for some of the children. Some passed the test while others failed. The real results of the test were revealed much later as these kids were then studied for the next 40 years. The researchers discovered some amazing things.

As it turns out, the ability the children displayed to delay gratification was paramount to their success in their life going forward. James Clear noted that they had better responses to stress, better SAT scores, lower likelihood of obesity, lower levels of substance abuse, better social skills, and generally better scores in a range of other life measures.

So, in essence then, one of the best ways you can increase your success in life is to use delayed gratification. And, if you use our delayed gratification quotes on a regular basis this may help you in your quest to get better at delayed gratification.

If you don’t presently have the ability to delay gratification – get it and start delaying gratification now. Once you do, you’ll find it gets easier and easier and will make your life better and better. Before we get to the actual Delay Gratification Quotes, there are a couple of things that can help in your quest to develop this skill.

Tips to Increase Your Happiness without Spending Money

A lot of folks, in their minds, have tied their happiness to money. They may believe that they need to drive the newest car, have the fanciest tech, the most expensive living space, and take the exotic vacation on a regular basis. Reality is you don’t need expensive things or vacations to be happy. You control your happiness. The sooner you realize that, the easier it will be for you to self-regulate, or delay gratification.

With that in mind, why not start incorporating a strategy to add more things into your life that make you feel good and that don’t cost any money? The more you do that, the more money you’ll save – for investments and exotic wishes!

Make a List of Free Things that Bring You Joy

Remember, you control your happiness no matter what you are doing or what you have. In fact, many minimalists describe being happier and feeling more free once they discard many of their possessions.

However, if there are external things that bring you joy why not make a list of those that are free or close to it? This is a great strategy for transitioning to a state where delayed gratification for pricier items gets easier and easier to accomplish.

So, simply make a list of things that make you happy and don’t cost anything. They could be things like taking a walk in nature. Many places have parks, trails, beaches and the like. For a little gas you can get there and take a walk or just enjoy the scenery. Take a bicycle ride in your neighborhood or get out in nature.

Reading is one of those things that you can do. It expands your mind or takes you away to exotic locales. And, it is free for the most part. Your local library allows you to download most of the books to any device and it costs nothing.

Take a virtual vacation online. Check out youtube videos of places that you want to visit. You’ll get a feel for what the place is like. You can experience the culture, the food, the architecture, the monuments, etc. Nowadays, it’s almost like actually being there.

What Fun Things Can You Add to Your Life Today?

These are just the tip of the iceberg. Write down free things that you love and actually start doing them. This will take up more of your time, you’ll be happy and you won’t be thinking about spending money on things you may not really need or want anyway. And recite your delayed gratification quotes so you’ll keep that quest for your dream life in the forefront of your mind.

I recently did a couple of things to add some free fun to my life. I bought a Wii off of Craigslist. Now, I’ll roll several games of Wii bowling in the evenings. Love to hear the crack of the pins and it’s a little bit of exercise as well. In addition, I bought a magnetic dart set. I’m throwing darts on a regular basis as well. Again, small one time cost for both items and I’m getting daily enjoyment out of both of them.

Combine the Delayed Gratification Strategy with a Strategy to Increase Your Income

The delaying gratification strategy is great for going after what you really want in life. Combine that strategy with a strategy of trying to always increase your income and you’ll get to where you want to go a lot faster. Those income increases can come from a variety of sources including raises, investments, business building, multiple streams of income, side-hustles and more.

When you combine these two strategies it should leave you a lot more wiggle room as to what you can include in your life and what things or experiences you’ll want to delay for later. As your investments and income increase you’ll naturally be able to afford more expensive items or experiences. Which leads to striving for a balance between using the delayed gratification strategy and the desire for taking advantage of all life has to offer right now.

Strive for a balance between Delayed Gratification and Enjoying Life Now

Most folks when they get to the end of the road in life lament the things they didn’t do as compared to the things they did. Most note that life was too short or they waited too long to do what they really wanted to do. With that mind, you don’t want to spend your Entire Life delaying gratification. Or at least, what you perceive to be, gratification.

Now, I found an interesting quote on goodreads about delaying gratification. It comes from Dawn Graham. “Lifetime regrets are more painful than delayed gratification.” I believe she’s saying that you’ll regret the things you weren’t able to do if you don’t learn and use the power of delayed gratification. On the other hand, the main sentiment here is that “lifetime regret” is painful.

So, essentially, use the power of delayed gratification to get what you want in life. But, don’t delay to the point where your whole life is one long delay. Achieve the balance and create the life of your dreams. Don’t let yourself be hamstrung by money problems. And, also don’t get so enamored with money for money’s sake that you miss out on everything you really want to do in life.

You Control Your Happiness

As noted earlier, delayed gratification certainly doesn’t mean you’re putting off happiness in your life. You control your happiness. You don’t need external experiences like expensive vacations to be happy. And, you certainly don’t need expensive things to be happy.

However, if you want expensive vehicles, homes, or vacations then make a plan to acquire them without sacrificing your savings or long-term dreams. As we pointed out earlier, strive to increase your income. As more money becomes available make sure you have a special list of things you want to acquire or do. You want a trip to Peru? Put it on your list. A vacation home in the mountains? Put it on your list. When you have the money saved for that item, get it or do it.

If you really think you need to do those things or want them in your life just make a financial plan for them. You want to be able to cross off a lot of items on your bucket list before you actually kick that bucket!

In the end, life is short. But, if you learn how to live within your means and to be grateful for everything you have now, it will be easier to acquire and do your dream list items. And, you may discover that some of those items you thought you wanted or needed, aren’t really necessary at all.

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Delayed Gratification Quotes

The better you get at delaying gratification the easier it gets. Once you get the savings ball rolling it gets easier to bypass the incidentals and save and plan for the things and experiences you really want. With that in mind, here are your delayed gratification quotes.

Happiness is under you control.

Happiness is not a result of how much you spend.

Nobody really cares what you drive or where you live.

Make a bucket list and go after it.

Bypass the incidentals. Plan and save for the Essentials you want in life.

Don’t allow your dream life to be derailed by overspending now.

Cut costs and look for ways to increase income.

Spending is under your control.

Do what you can to increase your income.

The more income and investments you have the easier it is to do and have items on your dream list.

Delayed gratification gets easier the more you do it.

Delayed gratification teaches you discipline.

Discipline gets you to the life of your dreams.

Get your spending in check now and your life will get better and better.

More Delayed Gratification Quotes

Your future picture is a result of your present choices. Choose wisely.

How much you spend in life will not dictate your level of happiness. Happiness is yours free. The less you spend now, the more you can spend later.

The more money you save the more you’ll want to save. And that will make delayed gratification even easier.

Money grows faster when you spend less.

You are in charge of your life. You are in charge of your spending habits.

If you want to keep up with or exceed the Joneses, devise a way to greatly increase your income. At the same time, control your spending and save a lot.

Make a wish list and have a plan to obtain those wishes.

Your life is under your control.

Increasing income and investments makes deferring gratification much easier.

Wield two swords to build wealth fast – delayed gratification and increased income.

Being able to delay gratification is a key component to success.

Delayed Gratification Quotes from Famous Folks

And, here are a few delayed gratification quotes from famous folks. I saw these on the Fiscal Fitness site.

The ability to disipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indespensable prerequisite for success – Brian Tracy

Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now. Richard G. Scott

“Delaying gratification is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with. It is the only decent way to live.” – M. Scott Peck

Finally, if you have kids or youngsters who you want to teach about delayed gratification here is a Delayed Gratification video from NPR featuring the Cookie Monster.

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So, there you have it, a collection of delayed gratification quotes that should give you the boost you need to implement the strategy more often. Remember, this is a key component to success in life. If you are not employing delayed gratification why not start?

Hope you are having a fantastic day today!

Bob K.

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