Most of the decisions I have made in my life were long-term gain for short-term pain. In college I regularly choose to study instead of party. In my careers I regularly chose to work long, hard hours and to do my best rather than slacking. I have usually chosen to do what was right or responsible rather than what I felt like doing at the time.
These decisions have paid off for me. I consider myself to have a happy, successful life, both professionally and personally.
What I realized the other day, though, was that I am at a point in my life where I can ease up. I can do more of what I want because I want to. I’ve reached the long-term gain and I don’t really need to worry so much about the short-term pain. I’m glad I’ve made this realization now, where I can enjoy it fully.
If you are like me, and have consistently made the long-term gain decisions, I suggest that you stop and access where you are in life. Could you do a little more of the short-term gain items? With where you are now, is there much long-term pain to worry about?