Don’t Eat the Mallow
RECAP FOR THE REBELS THAT DIDN’T WATCH
Eating the marshmallow = instant gratification
Waiting and not eating the marshmallow = the better option (because more mallows)
Nearly 66% of the kids ate the mallow. 34% struggled, fought the urge, resisted, and ended up scoring TWO mallows! (haha – watch some of the strategies they used in the video)
They waited 15 years and tracked down all of the kids. The group of non-mallow eaters were out-achieving the mallow-eaters in almost every way possible.
They were getting better grades, had better relationships, were accepted into better schools, were happier, and generally more successful.
Why? Because the non-mallow eaters displayed an important skill: the ability to delay gratification. And this skill is useful in virtually everything we do…
THOUGHT FOR FOOD
But then I realized that we live this experiment every single day. And on every single day most of us (especially me) eat the mallow…
REAL WORLD MALLOWS & THEIR COUNTERPARTS:
Chick-fil-A nugs + ranch
Cooking at home and eating healthy
Bumping my workout until tomorrow
Doing it now
Pretty & organized drills
Doing it how it’s always been done
Trying something new
Making a motivational poster for Instagram
Researching/writing an article that matters
We are SO good at doing what is easy, what is fast, what is safe – at eating the mallow and choosing instant gratification over long-term gains.
Waiting, playing the long game, doing what is hard, what is new, what is challenging, what is right will sometimes lead to discomfort and ALWAYS lead to more progress and growth.
I’ve been at war with this for the past month and here are three things that have helped me out a lot:
1. Identify all of the mallows in your life
2. Call yourself out when you eat the mallow and when you think about eating the mallow
3. This on my fridge (click for full-size poster):