How to Avoid Temporary Satisfaction and Sustain Foundation
It’s time to put an end to the bullshit that gives you temporary satisfaction and start focusing on creating, and sustaining, a foundation in your life going forward.
Temporary satisfaction is like the off-brand condoms you find on campuses across the country: it might help you in the short-term but it fucks you over in the long run. This term temporary satisfaction that I’ll keep referring to is a broad term which primarily includes temporary motivation and temporary happiness.
It’s watching a motivational video on YouTube before working out. Sure, it’ll pump you up for your workout but what happens before the next one? You have to watch it again. It’s getting 100 likes (which used to be 11) on Instagram of the picture of you at the bar. Sure, it’ll raise your self-confidence but what happens when you’re feeling down again? You have to post another picture.
It’s a never-ending cycle that leaves your ultimate happiness in the hands of others. If your favorite motivational Instagram account doesn’t post a quote for the day then you feel unmotivated. If you don’t get 80 likes on Instagram then you feel unwanted. Why should you allow others to determine your productivity or spirit? You shouldn’t, that’s why.
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Now that we’ve determined that it’s stupid as hell to allow others to control your life, you might be wondering how to create a foundation. Since motivation and happiness are two completely different things (although both controlled by external forces if you allow them to), I’ll talk about both separately.
Ever wonder why our Proprietor LS “quotes” we post on social media are rarely the, “Your best is good enough,” or, “The reward is so close,” types? It’s because we know that it’s only temporary. We try preaching foundation and getting in the right mindset so that motivation comes natural.
Determining what it is that you desire is the first step. However, what you desire must be something that YOU control the outcome of, otherwise this is all pointless. The wrong thing to desire would be the approval of somebody as they decide the result. Something acceptable to desire would be buying your parents a new house as you’d be able to determine if you’re successful or not, no one else.
Once you have a goal in mind in which you determine the outcome, the rest comes naturally. The motivation to realize your dream comes from within because you know that you are the determiner. Yes, that’s a word. I just looked it up.
Personally, I can’t stand when I see someone’s happiness depend upon their followers on social media. That feeling you get when you reach a certain amount of likes or when somebody comments “Beautiful” under your picture is temporary. You get a high off it and subconsciously do things to make it happen again. You become addicted.
The way to fight this urge is to be comfortable with yourself. It sounds cliche as fuck but it’s the truth. If you’re truly happy about the way you look and don’t need anyone’s acceptance, you won’t give two shits about how many likes you got or who commented on your picture. Now, this doesn’t mean that you won’t post anything but the people who need the approval of others know it when they post. They’re the ones constantly refreshing their likes to see how their picture “is doing.”
I know because I used to do this all the time. Getting a like from my crush was so much better than one of my close friends who I almost expected to like it. I came to the realization that I know I’m (semi-) good-looking and funny so if someone doesn’t think that of me, fuck them! Can you tell I’m from New York?
Use your paintbrush to improve yourself and don’t let external factors like rain control you.
We want to hear your thoughts on this topic: Is the temporary satisfaction that you receive from motivational quotes or getting likes on your picture worth it? Let us know in the comments below!