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How To Practice Delayed Gratification.

Updated on October 24, 2012

How to practice delayed gratification.

Instant this and instant that is all too obvious in this life. It is far too easy to get what we want without first having to do the work to get it. What I have found over the years is that we often get what we want then work out a way to pay for it. The only problem is we don't always find the way to pay for the must have item that we indulged in before we could really afford it.

This is much the same for some business owners. They get the idea then put the idea into action before doing sufficient research to see whether what they are planning will actually work. In a lot of cases and business failures the business owner quits before their time comes. They quit because things become too difficult for a while. It also happens in employment. More and more during this recession I am noticing people swapping and changing jobs and occupations because things are too tough so they quit their job and want to sit somewhere on the sidelines sucking their thumb. As they do this they try to recruit other thumb suckers to join in with the pity party.

During the pity party they complain and whine and justify why they did what they did in order to salve their conscience and make it all okay. They try to rationalise things. You know what rationalise breaks down to don't you? You don't....really! It boils down to telling RATIONAL LIES. Don't do it. It will rob you of your livelihood at some point and in the current financial climate will cause you so much hassle it just is not worth it.

When things are tough and you know they are just now you have to man up / or girl up and just get on with life and believe that it will only be temporary and that things will soon get better.

In my experience things do get better if you follow a few simple rules and not get sidetracked by the nay sayers in the world. Being positive and focused on where you are going is the main characteristic which you will need in order to get through the tough times ahead.

Let's face it things are not getting any cheaper so you are going to need that all important job you have right now. If you are reading this and don't currently have a job then I urge you to keep going through the numbers as finding employment can be a bit of a lottery. There are the jobs out there and you have to be prepared to take on a job which isn't your dream job but will pay enough to keep you going back each day. If you are in employment it is always easier to get another job. When you don't have a job it seems that it is a never ending process and that getting a job will take forever.

So what is delayed gratification?

This is when you want something so bad and you have to have it but deny yourself it until you can afford to pay for the item. It is fine to imagine that you already have the item in your possession even when you haven't. If you practice this on a regular basis you will believe that you do actually own this dream item and your sub-conscious mind will begin working out ways for you to be able to own this item. I think I have said before that your mind is the most powerful computer ever invented. It is a muscle and needs to be exercised on a regular basis. This exercise should include regular sessions of visualisation in order to practice delayed gratification.

Far too many people as I have said just go out and get the dream items and then work out a way to pay for them. This is the wrong way round and in the long run can lead to financial melt down as we have seen Worldwide over the last few years. Meltdown so bad that financial institutions are still falling by the wayside at regular intervals.

By all means have big dreams and aspirations but don't jeopardise your financial future just to have that new car or that big house before you can really afford it.


Article writers practice DG

Article writers on Hub Pages are living examples of DG ( delayed gratification ). They have to be because they put in the work first, never EXPECTING to get paid for their hard work. No they do it initially for the love of writing. In my case I do it with the view that if I can help just one person get closer to their goal in life then I will have achieved what I set out to do and that is HELP people get what they want by showing them the possibilities.

On Hub Pages particularly we know that it is not a get rich quick scheme. Consistent effort is needed and the building of your Hub Page business can and usually is a slow one to start off with. Like in many areas of our life we have to work very hard to start off with until momentum kicks in. When momentum kicks in with Hub Pages you will know that you have got your business moving and small amounts of money will begin to trickle through. Many of you reading this will be at that stage. It takes time to build up a solid foundation but consistent regular effort will build that foundation for you. Do not be tempted to start spending your small amount of profit. Leave the money where it is and practice delayed gratification. What I have found is that money goes to money. When you have none it is so difficult to manifest even the smallest amounts. If you have a little nest egg building you stand a far better chance of attracting larger more regular amounts to you.

I don't know why this is. It seems to follow some law of the universe and is akin to what you sow so shall you reap. If you believe that things are bad then they are. Think that things are great and they are. It is that old self fulfilling prophecy again.

Attitude can make or break us. Make sure you keep a check on your attitude as I believe it can affect your altitude and how high you are likely to get in employment and personal life.

Never give in.

One of the most important things never to do is to quit before your time comes. I have done this so many times in my life I have lost count. Never again. What I am doing here is the final thing. I will never ever quit my Hub Pages empire as it is now beginning to move. The longer I am here it seems the better it get's. Don't get me wrong I am by no means a rich man from my writing and may only be earning small amounts each month but I trust all the things in the advice I have been given over the last 7 months that one day I will have a big business from article writing. This is my vision and belief. Make sure that you have that belief in yourself and your business. Don't rely on and expect an income from your hobby. Do it with no thought to the monetary trappings and concentrate on writing good quality articles. If you do this you will be successful but you have got to stick at it and not give in at the first sign of a problem.Keep on keepin on as they say.

When I started writing this article it was going to be so much different and be a real how to article about practicing delayed gratification, instead it became an advert for Hub Pages. I am glad it did turn out this way because it really is the best place to be and be seen on the internet. Having tried making money at various online things I can honestly say that this is the real deal and anyone can and will make money here. It is just a case of who wants it bad enough to achieve what they are capable of.

To Summarise.

If you want to see the money from your writing efforts do as follows.

  • Practice delayed gratification
  • Believe in yourself
  • Put in regular consistent effort
  • Help others achieve
  • Avoid pity parties
  • Save your profits
  • Don't be tempted to spend money you don't yet have
  • Imagine yourself with a big business
  • Build momentum
  • Your time will come

Show Me The Money Now.

Unfortunately this is not possible. My advice is to put in consistent effort every day, have a plan and some goals of where you want to be in 6 months, a year, five years from now and don't quit because you will always wonder 'what if'. Don't let that be you. If you want to wonder 'what if' make it be ' what if I never started article writing, where would I be without it'?

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  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    How nice of you to take the time to comment, thanks so much. I know what you mean about how making a few cents seems a real achievement. DG is good. You will make it, I just know it!

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    Stacy Harris 

    6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    This is an absolute great article. I really wasn't expecting you to swing the end the way you did but it worked out so perfectly. I have to admit, when I first came to HP I too was just doing it for the love of writing. If I made a few dollars here and there (or more like cents) I was absolutely estatic. Now, I am starting to experience that delayed gratification. I am building my writing empire and I hope soon to have it pay off big time. If it doesn't... well, I still have my hobby to fall back on! :)

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    BrokenDreamer, I too am learning. It is quite a struggle at times. I know we will be successful here so long as we are patient. All the best to you.

    Carter06, you are very kind. A career from writing would be amazing. I can just imagine waking up each day, walking leisurely to my office to start a new journey of independence and fulfillment......and best of all, NO BOSS!

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    6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

    This is such a great hub on many levels in life but especially for those of us who want to make a career out of writing, loved your summary, cheers.

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    Jen Christopherson 

    6 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

    *blush* I am only just learning to live the concept of delayed gratification. That's why this hub was so wonderful to find! Encouragement is always welcome when your doing something new.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Aww thanks for all of your brilliant comments. It would seem that we all have similar views on the concept of delayed gratification. All of YOU are my motivation to keep writing. Therefore the motivation I get is from being part of your community and having great hub buddies like you.










    and last but by no means least


    Keep on Hubbin

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    Jen Christopherson 

    6 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

    Wow! You have written a great work of article writing here! I have never heard the rationalize is rational lies!! Though, I am grateful I have today! This day started out looking so dreary and dark, but look at all the light I have received! Thank you!!!! Voted up, interesting, useful and awesome!

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    6 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

    Steve, like I have always said, "You are the man"!. Great Hub, and one so many writers need to hear and you are a prime example of giving of yourself which many of us are very thankful for the ideas, suggestions and encouragement.

    You are also right about this world wide recession. I don't think it is going to get better anytime soon so we better be willing to accept that "delayed gratification" and with allot of prayer and patience along the way. Great job as always and I voted UP all across. Lee

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    Christy Birmingham 

    6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    You are a motivator here Steve. Thanks for helping give me strength to keep writing even when there are setbacks! Take care

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    Jamie Brock 

    6 years ago from Texas

    Great hub, Steve.. I've always been the type who wants that immediate gratification. Writing on HubPages is one of the few things I have stuck with and I'm actually learning patience by writing articles here. I had never heard of the slogan rationalize meaning rational lies... I LOVE IT!!!! What is neat is you can use this in any area of your life, like being on a weight loss program, this saying is perfect. Voting up and useful.. great hub!

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    Jools Hogg 

    6 years ago from North-East UK

    Steve, I read a book years ago called 'The Road Less Travelled' and that was all about using delayed gratification as a sort of touchstone for all your actions. Your hub explains this very well. Voted up.

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    Rebecca Mealey 

    6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Great thoughts! I love your comparison to article writers and delayed gratification! So true!

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    6 years ago from Atlanta, Ga.

    This is a really inspiring article! Thank you so much for writing and sharing it with us. You are so right, we know all of this stuff, but at times we tend to let the hassles of everyday life, seem so much bigger than what they are, especially, when WE want more out of life, faster then it seems to be coming to us. Many blessings to you and your family. LV

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    Shasta Matova 

    6 years ago from USA

    but I want the money noooow! All right, I will stop the pity party, and delay my gratification. Good advice, and great tips.

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    John Sarkis 

    6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    Great hub. I enjoy hubs related to "self-improvement" very much.

    I write things that I want down and mark them off once I've obtained them.

    Take care - voted up


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    Audrey Howitt 

    6 years ago from California

    Always stay with the process and the product takes care of itself--great hub Steve!

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Thanks onlooker for being the first to comment.I have to agree with you that WE do know better. All we have to do is practice what we preach haha.

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    6 years ago

    Delayed gratification? arrghh!!!! The time and age we're at certainly does not stand for the saying,"good things comes to those who wait" Who now has the time and the patience right? People want answers in a click of a button, questions resolved in a 10 minute board meeting. People who write....we know better. Delayed gratification is our "thing" =) Thank you, Steve, this was interesting and useful.


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