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Delayed Gratification

Have you ever thought about the cost/benefit analysis of instant vs. delayed gratification? I was listening to a podcast this week with Dr. Peter Attia and James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits. Clear shared a powerful statement that has caused me to step back and rethink how I view this paradox.

More often than not, that which creates benefit in the moment, is costly long-term. That which is void of benefit now, is often beneficial long-term. Clear used the example of smoking (feels good now, but horrible long-term) and exercise (difficult now, great long-term)... but this could be applied to so many aspects of our lives. The key is awareness and creating new habits that balance instant with long-term gratification.

As you go into your weekend, what is a habit that creates instant (good now, bad later) results and where can you replace this with a new habit that while delayed, creates the long-term benefit you seek?

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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