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Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Marshmallow Test

The first time I heard The Marshmallow test was from Martin Berkhan and his website: Leangains.hadn't even thought about this test or this study for months until Recently I was reminded by John Goodman via a couple of podcasts he was being interviewed for.



The above video is just one recreation of the marshmallow tests. Kids put into a room with a marshmallow with the promise of another marshmallow if they wait to eat it. In the original 1970 experiment, When a follow-up study on each child was done twenty years later, it was found that children who waited longer also had better academic success and less behavioral problems than the ones who ate the treat sooner.

What this test basically illuminates is delayed gratification. Those of us who are the most patient and willing to slowly foster our results will be infinitely more successful and those of us that feed our every impulse will be left with nothing to show for it.



Delayed Gratification 


I currently live a life of delayed gratification. I eat, sleep, train, work, study, save money, pay bills and slowly build up a means of hyper sustainability. My socializing and communication with friends is pretty much limited to social networking, gigs, and the rare scheduled event. I don't buy many cool things, and when I do, I ponder over its purchase for months before actually pulling the trigger. I live a rather homely existence to the point that I often look like a schlub. Long hair, full beard, old clothes, old car. 

Delayed Gratification can have value in all parts of life:
Independence:
  • Saving Money
  • Living with my folks
  • Maintaining my current vehicle, computer, phone
Career:
  • Taking the jobs that pay
  • Maintaining the jobs that pay consistently
  • Foster the relationships that will bloom

Dieting:
  • Not allowing myself to binge
  • No Hardcore dieting cuts

Training:
  •  Allowing the slow PR's to unfurl rather than chase after the big numbers every session.


Delaying Gratification Sucks


Denying yourself joy isn't fun, it's not supposed to be. That's the point of it. Berkhan gives great insight on ways to manage delayed gratification: Make yourself busy. 

"When some people are dieting, they are DIETING. They treat it like a full-time job and they're in the gym every day, sometimes twice a day. Their spartan diet is meticulously planned and carefully dispensed throughout the day. They are the ones that fixate on the marshmallow.

Others take a more balanced approach. Diet and training is part of their life, but it blends in beautifully. They are the ones that tries to forget about the marshmallow. It's background noise to them."

My goal for my clients is to get the absolute best results with as little as possible in regards to gym time commitment, the fewest adjustments to their diets, and minimal amount of thought and energy outside of when they're engaged in training and diet. 

Keep your mind off of the marshmallow of the present and work towards getting thousands of marshmallows in the future.




Until next time,

Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Great Doing It.

The Opera Bro


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