Short Term Pain Mitigation

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Keep your hands off that marshmallow.

Here’s a quick explanation if you don’t know what I’m talking about: in the 60s there was an experiment done at Stanford involving delayed gratification. A group of children were each given marshmallows and told that, if they resisted the temptation to eat them immediately, they’d get another.

Later studies found that those children who held out for the second marshmallow tended to have “better life outcomes” than the ones who opted to eat it immediately.

It’s a pretty simple concept. If you can tolerate short-term discomfort, you can achieve a lot more in the long-term. Get over your resistance to prioritization. Overcome the inertia of planning. Do that, and you’ll be one marshmallow up on most people.

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