“Instant gratification takes too long”
— Carrie Fisher, Postcards from the Edge
It’s a new year, so of course everyone is making resolutions and plans and promises.
Most of us know at least one person that spent the last two months eating too much, drinking too much, and washing it all down with leftover Halloween candy but is now vowing to live on a diet of lettuce and lemon water while also running fifteen miles per day and saving ninety percent of their income.
It’s natural to want to mock this person, but I’d bet that we’ve all been there at least in some capacity. While we know what the smart choices are we’ve purposefully made the bad ones. We ordered the burger instead of the salad at lunch. We hit the ATM and kept the night alive instead of going home. We ate out for dinner instead of cooking at home. We spent our money or put it towards a vacation instead of retirement.
The worst part? We know better.
Christopher Pierznik’s nine books are available in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, Medium, Fatherly, Hip Hop Golden Age, and many more. Subscribe to his monthly newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.