The foundation of leadership is what I call self-discipline. The ability to do (or not do) what you said you should do (or not do), even though the feeling you had when you said it is not there. And it is also closely linked to the delayed gratification of continuing to do what you said you should do, even if you have not yet obtained the desired results.
We know that if we want to lose weight and get better health and a nicer body, then we need to exercise more and eat healthier. Despite this, many give up after a short time.
So it is not enough that you decide to do it, you have to do it until you have the results you want.
delayed gratification can be difficult, as it is about longing and expectation. We often want quick results and often we want to get the reward right after our performance.
At the same time, it is easy if you can resist and refuse the short reward, to get the long-term results that you are striving for.
In this short talk from TED U, Joachim de Posada shares a landmark experiment on delayed gratification, and how it can predict future success. With priceless video of kids trying their hardest not to eat the marshmallow.