What comes to mind when you hear this phrase? Do you feel guilty for that last purchase? Are you thinking about your wallet? Does your mind go to a pretty dark place in light of this idea? Do you think that you are not one of these people who has the inability to delay gratification?
I think this a powerful force in shaping identity. If you have the inability to delay gratification, you will behave in a certain way. Your values are shaped by this powerful concept. Even as I write this, I am not sure I can articulate the things that impact me in this way. I can think of a few things, but I am not sure I’ve done that deep thinking in this area.
At the core of this concept is a deep, deep need in your soul. That thing in your life that needs gratification is that thing in your life that shapes you. You want to figure out your identity – here’s one way that might help you do that.