Instant gratification is holding you back – Here’s how to win

Written by:

Jorn Kirkels

Peak performance coach

Achieving success is not as easy as it sounds – you must put in hours of hard work and determination before you can get there. But this struggle is made all the more difficult when instant gratification kicks in, making you want to stop working and compromise your ambitions for now so you can enjoy some downtime. The good news is that with some simple steps, like systemising your life, you’ll be able to overcome this challenge and keep pushing forward even when it feels difficult! 

It doesn’t matter what your goal is – whether it’s to get a promotion at work, start your own business, or improve your fitness – if you’re relying on instant gratification to get you there, you will be disappointed. True success takes time, effort, and perseverance, and instant gratification only leads to short-term pleasure that quickly fades away.

So how can you win the battle against instant gratification and stay focused on your long-term goals? The first step is to understand what triggers your need for immediate gratification in the first place. Is it boredom? Stress? A lack of motivation? Once you know what your triggers are, you can begin to take steps to avoid them.

For example, if boredom is your trigger, try to find ways to keep yourself occupied and engaged in what you’re doing. Take on new challenges at work, sign up for a class that interests you, or start a hobby that will help pass the time. If stress is your trigger, find healthy coping mechanisms that will allow you to deal with it in a productive way instead of turning to unhealthy habits like overeating or drinking. And if a lack of motivation is holding you back, set.

Why Instant Gratification is Holding You Back

We live in a world where we want things, and we want them now. We’re used to getting what we want instantly, whether through technology or our actions. However, this instant gratification keeps us from achieving more important things.

When we get used to getting things instantly, we expect it in all areas of our lives. Unfortunately, this can lead to frustration and disappointment when things don’t happen as quickly as we’d like. In addition, we may give up easily on tasks or goals that take longer to achieve because we don’t have the patience to see them through.

Instant gratification can also lead to poorer choices in life. We may choose the quick and easy option instead of the one that requires more effort but will ultimately be more rewarding. For example, we may decide to watch TV instead of going for a run, even though we know the run would be better for us in the long run.

So how can you break free from the instant gratification trap in our busy entrepreneurial lifestyles? 

Start by being more aware of it in your life. Understand the cause-and-effect relationships. 

Notice when you’re expecting things to happen quickly and why. Then make a conscious effort to be patient and perseverant, even when it’s complicated. Remember that good thing often take time, but seeing them through is worth the effort.

How to Combat Instant Gratification

In a society driven by instant gratification, it can be hard to resist the urge to give in to your impulses. But if you want to achieve long-term success, it’s essential to be able to control your cravings and delay gratification. Here are some tips on how you can combat instant gratification and win:

1. Understand why you’re feeling the urge to gratify yourself.

When you’re feeling the urge to indulge in instant gratification, take a step back and ask yourself why you’re feeling that way. Is it because you’re tired and need a quick pick-me-up? Or is it because you’re stressed and looking for a way to escape? Once you understand the reason behind your urge, it’ll be easier to control it.

2. Distract yourself from the temptation.

I suppose you find yourself in a situation where temptations surround you; it can be helpful to distract yourself with something else. For example, if you’re at the mall and are feeling the urge to buy something you don’t need, go window shopping or take a walk around the block. By distracting yourself, you’ll be less likely to give in to temptationYou’lltemptation you’ll be less likely to give in to temptation.

3. Set goals and reward yourself for reaching them.

One of the best ways to combat instant gratification is to set goals and reward yourself for reaching them. For example, if you’re trying to save money, set a goal to save $500 over the next three months. Then, once you get to your destination, treat yourself to a nice dinner or a new piece of clothing. This will help you stay motivated and on track while teaching you the importance of delayed gratification.

4. Practice mindful eating.

If you are overeating or indulging in unhealthy foods, you must be aware of why you’re doing it. Are you starving, or are you just bored? Practice mindful eating by paying attention to your body and only eating when you’re starving and hungry. This will help you avoid overeating and make healthier choices overall.

5. Find other ways to cope with stress.

Stress is often one of the main reasons people give in to instant gratification. Finding other coping mechanisms is essential if you turn to food or shopping when you’re stressed. Some healthy options include exercise, journaling, and talking to a friend. By finding different ways to deal with stress, you’ll be less.

Systemising Your Lifestyle

Are you someone who often seeks instant gratification? If so, you’re not alone. Most people are prone to wanting things right away. But, unfortunately, this way of thinking can hold you back in life.

When you’re always seeking instant gratification, it’s easy to become impatient and discouraged when things don’t happen as quickly as you want. Unfortunately, this can lead to a feeling of powerlessness and prevent you from taking action towards your goals.

Instead of waiting for things to happen, take control of your life and start systemising your lifestyle. By breaking down your goals into manageable steps, you can take action towards achieving them. This will help you achieve your goals but also help you build patience and perseverance – two essential qualities for success in life.

So, if you’re ready to start systemising your life and achieving your goals, here are some tips to get you started:

1. Define your goals. What do you want to achieve? Be specific and write down your goals.

2. Break down your goals into smaller steps. Once you know what you want to achieve, break down the steps needed. This will help you develop a plan of action and stay on track.

3. Make a schedule. Once you have a plan, it’s time to take action! Please don’t wait around for things to happen; make them happen.

4. Build a system around your plan. Block apps with social media, for example.

5. Persevere. There will be setbacks along the way, but don’t let them stop you from achieving your goals. Persevere, and you will reach your destination.


Instant gratification can be challenging to overcome, but it is possible. The key is to focus on the long-term goal and not succumb to the temptation of immediate pleasure. It might take some time and effort, but breaking the instant gratification habit will help you achieve tremendous success in your personal and professional life. 

Start by identifying your triggers. For example, what are the things that make you want to give in to instant gratification? Once you know your triggers, you can start to work on avoiding them.

Think about the long-term goal. What do you want to want to achieve? Remember when you are tempted to give in to instant gratification.

Finally, practice delayed gratification. Make a plan for how you will resist the temptation of immediate pleasure. This might mean setting a timer and waiting a certain amount of time before you allow yourself to indulge. Or it might mean doing something else that will distract you from the temptation.

With practice, you can overcome the habit of instant gratification and achieve tremendous success in your personal and professional life.

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