Q&A 16: Choosing Goals over Instant Gratification

Jun 20, 2015

In today’s episode we’re answering a listener question about what strategies can be helpful when trying to choose your goals in the face of temptation. We are programmed to seek instant gratification over long-term progress and well being.

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Listener Question:

“Hi Elizabeth! I’m really enjoying your podcast and I’ve implemented a handful of the strategies you talk about. I’ve set some goals and identified a couple of big rocks. I’m getting more sleep and avoiding carbs in the early part of the day. Unfortunately, I’m still blowing it at night more often than I want. I remind myself of my goals, but in a moment of stress, frustration or boredom I just kinda think “oh I’ll do better tomorrow” and one little indulgence turns into 4 or 5 and then I go to bed feeling frustrated and defeated. Do you have any suggestions for how I can talk myself into being mentally tougher during this time of day?”

Discussed in the Episode:

  • How am I using my moments?
  • Did my choices today move me towards my goals or away from them?
  • Does this choice bring me lasting happiness or momentary happiness?

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