Delayed gratification is the ability to resist the temptation for an immediate reward and wait for a later, possibly bigger one. Simply put, it means making a choice which limits the ability of getting something now, for the pleasure of being able to have something better for later.
Delayed gratification is one of the most effective personal traits of successful people- successful with their career, relationships, health, finances amongst other aspects of life. It can bring about tremendous returns while developing one’s willpower.
Many experiments have been carried out to understand this concept- the best known being Professor Walter Mischel’s Stanford Marshmallow Experiment.
This is a concept which is difficult to develop but definitely doable. What a person needs is willpower, impulse control, self control and a little bit of patience.
IRIANS – The Neuroscience Institute