The results were clear: kids who could wait did better in life.
Recently, this experiment has been resurrected and revised, and the results are...well, interesting. As researchers are exploring causes for the inability to wait as well as coping strategies to allow a child to wait, the rest of us can use some of the lessons to help us approach overwhelming tasks as well.
- Keep the big goal in mind. (Plan backward.)
- Look away from distractions. (If something distracts you, block it out.)
- Connect with others. (Find support.)
- Celebrate strengths. (Buck up.)
- Carry on. (Follow, adjust, and carry out your plan.)