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Longterm Thinking Vs Short-Term Thinking

WinnerHave you ever considered how longterm thinking vs short-term thinking can affect the decisions you make? Take the obesity epidemic as an example. We live in a culture of instant gratification. We all know that by taking care of our bodies by exercising daily and eating nutritious food that we’ll be healthier; we’ll have more physical and mental energy, have healthier minds, improved self-confidence and self-esteem, increased chances of attracting and keeping our ideal partner, enhance our sex lives etc. The list of the benefits of keeping in shape is endless. We also know in order to ‘lose weight’, generally speaking, that we need to exercise more and eat less. (I hate the term ‘weight loss’ – you can gain weight and burn fat – who cares how much you weigh?) However, it’s a lot easier to focus on the present, rather than the future, when making eating decisions (and exercise decisions for that matter). For example, we all know that eating chocolate has no longterm benefits. In fact, it has quite the opposite effect. It’ll make you gain fat unless you exercise and burn it off (unless you’re one of those annoying people who can eat what you want and never put on a pound!)

What do most people focus on though? The pleasure that it will bring to your life at that very moment. What happens a few minutes later though after you’ve eaten it? You realise you’ve consumed half an hour’s worth of running on a treadmill to burn it off. Or maybe that’s just me. This is a great article from Psychology Today, in which a group of overweight people were observed when comparing long-term thinkers with short-term thinkers.

Longterm Thinking Vs Short-Term Thinking

We’ve all done it – made impulsive decisions. Decisions that favour immediate rewards in lieu of future benefits. Maybe it was eating half a bag of chips on the car ride home from the grocery store, an act that provides instant satisfaction but pushes us a little farther away from our weight loss goals, or something else. At one point or another, we’ve all been guilty of  discounting future pay-offs for immediate gratification. So, what do we do about it? A paper published a few weeks ago in the journal Psychological Science provides some clues.

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Long-term thinking vs short-term thinking can also be applied to our working lives, our relationships – any area of our lives in fact. I’ve realised myself that when looking for ways of generating income fast, pretty much never work. There are exceptions, but generally speaking, longterm thinking is what reaps rewards. When studying habits of successful people, a common theme is that they’re always longterm thinkers – and by being so, it enables them to make decisions in the present far easier. It’s why goal setting is so effective and important in everything we do. It enables us to make the best decisions. What do you think? Are you a short-term thinker or longterm thinker and can you see how such decisions are shaping your life? Do share!


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