Delayed Gratification

Success is based upon delayed gratification: postponing the desires and pleasures of the moment for a greater tomorrow.  The ability to delay personal satisfaction and contentment is founded upon our capacity to commit, plan, obey, and work. These skills directly correspond to the virtues of courage, cleanliness, obedience, and industry.

  1. Courage is the pre-determined commitment to resist distractive, destructive, and unhealthy impulses and situations.Courage is not the lack of fear, but the ability to master fear.
  2. Cleanliness is order and planning in our environment, in our society, and in our thinking.Order maximizes thought, growth, and improvement.
  3. Obedience is the resolve to obey and to follow a pre-determined plan regulated either by yourself or by society.
  4. Without hard work against a pre-determined plan, we will have gained nothing.Struggle is the source of genius.  It is in the trenches that additional insights are gained and increased courage attained to provide the energy and fortitude to achieve goals.

Success can be ours in anything we desire if we have the patience to delay the gratification of the moment.

Originally posted on August 31, 2011 on