Dream Big: Don’t Eat the Marshmallow

There are three kinds of people reading this blog: people with no dreams, people with little dreams, and people with BIG dreams.  Dream big with #4 of my 8 success strategies.

Discover what you want.
Release your strengths.
Energize your mind.
Adapt to challenges.

In the 1960s, Walter Mischel of Stanford University conducted his now favorite marshmallow experiment with four-year-olds. Kids were given one marshmallow and asked to wait for 15-20 minutes. If they could successfully wait, then they would be given another marshmallow. Film footage of this kind of experiment shows kids doing their best to resist temptation for the long-term goal of another marshmallow. (Here’s a modern take on the classic marshmallow experiment.)

Mischel and his colleagues tracked results on the kids into adolescence and early adulthood. Reports say that the children who showed self discipline, delayed gratification, and self-control, were more successful in school and personal life than those kids that did not adapt to the challenge.

Even as adults, we are being tempted daily to give into instant gratification instead of eating healthy, investing money wisely, or maintaining healthy habits for long-term success.

What is your current challenge?

Adapt to your challenge by:

  1. Clearly knowing what you want long-term. Do you want one or two marshmallows?
  2. Be willing to  delay short-term gratification with self control.
  3. Like water, go around, under, over or through your challenge to adapt.

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