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Delay Gratification

Delayed gratification is a character-building attribute. Consider the “power of waiting” benefits: You may get something better than if you don’t wait. You may have more clarity on a problem. You may not say something you will regret later. You will feel good about yourself for your self-restraint. You will have more time to think through your options. You may save money. Changing conditions may solve a problem without you having to do anything. You will role model a great character quality to those you love. And the list can go on. Delayed gratification is definitely something to practice. When we want something there is a tension that drives us to release the tension. That tension can be very uncomfortable. Here’s a suggestion: Observe the tension. Acknowledge it but don’t let it be your master. Ask yourself, “What is the right thing to do?” and really listen to your higher self. Follow your higher self’s advice. You will be happy you did.

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