Think of the consequences when you don’t do something instead of when you actually get it done. This was the initial concept I had. When you think that after you have written an essay, you feel good, yet you are more likely to end up not completing it because you actually think that feeling good is not a big deal. However, if you think that when you don’t write the essay, you imagine yourself in a reclusive decline, and now, finally you think that’s a big deal. Why? Because poignancy has been embedded. With louder feelings, it’s easier to get work done. Foresee the worse, experience the better.
Hence, in this case of a delayed gratification, it seems that we ought to adhere to the concept of visualizing the repercussions of us not completing our tasks instead of us completing it successfully. This way, we won’t be consumed by the illusion of success before we’ve even experienced the actuality of effort. It scares us better this way.
However, another conundrum arises. Do we use the concept of “What if I don’t” for all situations? I guess not, because what about instant gratifications? If you portray what’s going to happen after the thirst of wanting to gorge down those fried stuff has died down, and you imagine a more distinct waistline, you get your illusory endorphin rush. And this tricks you into thinking that you have completed the marathon. But no. Okay, no. On the other hand, let’s say you imagine that you do eat the fried food and end up getting pimples. It’s an undesirable result that you’re seeing. Now, this works better than portraying you being able to resist your hateful cravings, because you’re now feeling the real fear. By thinking “if you don’t” in this case for delayed gratification doesn’t work, because embedding poignancy that infests you with some helpful fuel to get going is needed.
Bottom line is, by looking at the nature of our future actions, whether it would give us instant gratification or delayed gratification, we will be able to use “what if i do” and “what if I don’t” respectively to achieve the better result. I guess?