When you want to create success in your life, you have to make sacrifices in the present to get rewards in the future. It’s easy to make the mistake of taking the short term gains and put off those sacrifices until later, causing the long term rewards to be reduced. Its easy to forget the way the present effects our future.
Enter Daniel Goldstien. Daniel has become fascinated with the ideas that he calls “The Present Self” and “The Future Self”. According to Daniel, these two are constantly at war with each other, seeking rewards for themselves that will usually come at a cost to the other. He has become especially fascinated with personal savings, and has made a series of tools to help people realize and imagine the consequences of their decisions, both now and later, so they can make the decision that suits them best. His tools are noteworthy, but it is the points he makes that interest me the most. Have a watch.
I most enjoy that his studies are carefully crafted to not create a bias in the test subjects. Each study tool is a great reminder that the future is important, and we have to make decisions that give a proper balance to our future happiness as well as our present enjoyment. We must neither starve nor over indulge either self in order to create our best lives both in the present and the future.
What do you think? Is Daniel right, that the secret to making the right choices in the present for the future is the visualization of the result? Or was Odysseus right in using a commitment device? Give us your thoughts in the comment section below. We’d love to hear your opinion! Have an awesome hump day, and we’ll see you next week!