Delayed Gratification, is the ability to resist the temptation for an immediate reward and wait for a later reward.
Generally, delayed gratification is associated with resisting a smaller but more immediate reward in order to receive a larger or more enduring reward later. (1)
This concept is really important, and you should apply this in your everyday life, especially if you are working on your personal growth.
Everytime you are tempted to postpone one of your daily tasks, in order to relax or to watch tv, you are letting procrastination control your life and weaken your self-discipline, decreasing your productivity.
So, be careful, focus on your real goals, and always remember the concept of delayed gratification: it is better to receive a larger reward later, than a smaller but more immediate one.
And keep in mind this quote:
(1) Carducci, Bernardo J. (2009). "Basic Processes of Mischel's Cognitive-Affective Perspective: Delay of Gratification and Conditions of Behavioral Consistency"
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