Today I want to share with you one of the most useful ideas that has ever reached my hands.
This is the secret that makes hard-work stop feeling like work. This is not magic, this is a science-based theory, and it's strongly related to how our body chemistry works.
Look closely at this chart. It's a visual representation of the evolution of happiness over time when you allow instant gratification to take control of your life. As you can see, this is breaking bad news for your happiness.
The Instant Gratification Junkie
How it works?
Imagine you play video games for 3 hours. You will obtain a peak of happiness while you are playing—no problem with that. But then something bad happens. The peak of happiness disappears, and you are not anymore in your base level of happiness. You are below that. Probably you'll feel a little guilty about it. Maybe you should have been working on your project or passing time with your family and that opportunity has now gone forever.
After feeling that bad, you decide to eat some ice-cream to recover that previous happiness peak and bam, you obtain another boost happiness, but immediately after eating the ice cream, your happiness falls again. This time is even lower than before. This spiral can endlessly continue if you don't decide to stop it.
These have been really bad news, but don't leave. Now comes the good part.
Take a look at this other chart. It represents how happiness evolves when you start pursuing long term goals, when you start working on yourself and when you start building the life you deserve.
The Long Term Player
How it works?
Imagine you want to be more fit, so you start working out. At the beginning of your first training session, you'll probably feel bad, and you'll want to leave it for another day. You are experiencing a happiness valley. But if you stick to it, once you complete the workout, no matter if you are exhausted, you will be happy. Happier than before. Your baseline happiness will be a little bit higher.
The same thing will happen to you when reading books or working on your project.
But it gets better than that:
One day, something magical happens. Your brain will adapt. Those hard things won't be hard anymore. Even better than that. Your brain is not a fool, and when it realizes that doing these things is making your overall happiness increase, it will give you a happiness peak when you do those hard things too.This is the transformation point. And believe me, this will start happening really soon. You may have already experimented this in other areas of your life. Once you enter this beneficial spiral (we love to call "The Success Spiral") you will be unstoppable.
Now you have the tools to manage your happiness and take it to the next level. Just put the work on it and persevere in building healthy habits until you enter The Success Spiral. Trust me, the success spiral exists; you only have to be patient and work hard. After you enter this magic state is a matter of time to obtain what you want.
What are your thoughts on this?