Picture by Nicole.
I have always wanted to have children so being able to provide for my children is a very important value of mine. For example, when I am at a store and I want the latest pair of shoes I immediately start to think of babies and I no longer want those shoes. Hahahaha….whatever works right?!
Do you have a big future want /need that you can put in your mind to delay your gratification?
Some examples of big ticket future items:
- College Education
- Purchase a car
- Purchase a home
- Go on a nice vacation
- Pay off your debt (think that $50.00 spent on shoes could go towards a credit card payment)
I used other techniques to delay my gratification while I was in debt like freezing my credit cards, putting sticky notes on my cards, pausing and putting things on hold instead of buying them right that instant. All of these worked for me because I was usually too lazy to defrost my credit cards, or my sticky note would stop me, or I didn’t need that item that I put on hold anyway.
I hope these help you with delaying your gratification. I am thinking about doing a series of ideas about how to delay gratification. Is this something that you would want?
By the way, I think that delaying gratification is by far the hardest thing to do in our society. But once you learn self control you will be richer for it. Plus you will have more in your savings.