We live in a fast-paced world where instant gratification is the norm– fast food, fast fashion, everything happens so fast! We make quick decisions and do things on the fly all in the hopes of saving time and experiencing as many things as possible.
There is another side to this, which is how we, human beings, make important life decisions. You may decide to walk your dog this afternoon and go out to dinner with Stacy later this evening, but what are you doing with the rest of your life? Relationships, jobs, money– these things are heavy matters that require time, effort, and decisions. The thought of planning things that you may see the results of a few years from now is scary and stressful, maybe even anxiety-inducing.
Researchers refer to this slow burn as a “delayed return environment.” Here’s a little explanation by James Clear:
“Most of the choices you make today will not benefit you immediately. If you do a good job at work today, you’ll get a paycheck in a few weeks. If you save money now, you’ll have enough for retirement later. Many aspects of modern society are designed to delay rewards until some point in the future.”
Why does this stress us out and how are we supposed to deal? It has something to do with how our brains are wired, that’s for sure.
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