Why is it Difficult for People to Think Long Term?

9 days ago

What you do now, that has two types of impact. It could be short term or it could be long term. If you always think about the short term, you will hurt yourself in the long term. So is it difficult to think long term? Why?

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People prefer present consumption. If they get something now, they like it. If you are promised to give something later, it might not make you feel good because you do not get anything instantly.

When you think long term, that means you are thinking about the future. Future is uncertain. Anything could happen in the future. You might not get the benefit. So, you are working for something that is uncertain.

Since the future is uncertain, there is risk. And people are usually risk averse. They try to avoid risk unless the expected return is higher. They love to get something faster. The faster they get something, the better they feel.

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You often hear that life is short. The thing is, life is not that short as we think. Life is long. Due to advances in medical science, we stay healthy and fit at the old age. If you are 30, and you live 100 years, see how much time you have. So what are you going to do for the rest of your life?

If you are under so much pressure, all you want is to do something instantly to solve the closest thing. Suppose, you work in a company where you have a lot of responsibility. The company does not recruit new employees. You have to do all the work that three employees should do. You wake up early in the morning and get ready for the office around 7 AM. Then you leave home for the office. You arrive at the office before 9 AM. You are supposed to work till 5 PM. But the reality is, you have to work till 9 PM or 10 PM. When you are home from the office, it is around 11 PM. The only free time you get at the weekend, and unfortunately, you have to work at the weekend most of the time.

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In this situation it is difficult to think outside of your office, your mind is completely occupied. If you think about poor people, they are too busy to earn enough to eat today. Tomorrow they will think about tomorrow. Because of these reasons, it is difficult for people to think long term.

To think long term, you have to change your mindset. You are doing something now, it does not mean anything at the moment, but it means something in the long term. You have to take short term pain in order to get long term gain. You have to survive at present and work for the future.

What do you think about that? Please let me know your thoughts in the comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

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I like that article because it can make me think while reading it. Thank for your post.

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I wrote this post from my experience. The way you think is going to change your action. Thank you very much @wondercury for your support and feedback. I really appreciate that!