A ‘Popcorn Mentality’ seems to be woven into our society today. What is it? Its that instant gratification kick that our society seems to be built on today.
One way or another we may feed into it, and to a certain extent live by it. We want results straight away, no one wants to wait anymore. Our response is ‘why do we have to?’ Just like with food and the changes to our eating habits, born out of changing life styles, we now have the Micro-wave, where we can heat something up or defrost it in a fraction of the time. Like Popcorn, we put our corn seeds into the micro-wave with an expectation of instant popcorn, hot, sweet, salty or plain, but ready to go/eat in minutes.
Our patience, seems to be growing thinner and thinner day by day, as our world grows faster with technology and our own expectations. I know I get frustrated with having to wait on my PC, whether its for a response to a search and you get that all too familiar rotating blue circle or your cursor seems to have a mind and life of its own bouncing to areas you don’t expect while you type. Yet, I know, that I could not do what I do now if I.T was still as it was in the 70’s or 80’s. Things are so much more bigger and faster now, but my patience is less because my expectations are higher.
Impatience has become a powerful driver in our self perpetuating lifestyle these days. People want results, but very few want to pay the cost. So our marketing machines feed into this as it creates the needs and demands for new innovative things that meet our insatiable demands.
I heard a very funny story by Les Brown in which he said ‘Everyone wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die!’
People want all the trimmings or materialistic outcomes to their dreams but struggle with the scarifies needed in order to obtain it. Anything worth having, costs. It requires some kind of personal investment. So it may mean studying again, retraining, less socialising, longer hours, extra hours, saving, spending, there are a number of things you may have to do, before you start to realise or benefit from your dreams. But, this is what builds in depth to who you are and what you do.
Playing the lottery in the hope of……whatever! So many do, but how many winners are their in proportion to contributors? The quick fix, getting through by paying as little as possible seems to reign in so many guises.
Sadly, this impatience, and unrealistic expectation is also poured into our kids. Its funny, I look back at my mother’s life, grandmothers life and they seemed to be built of what I can only describe as stronger stuff, both physically and mentally. They worked hard, for lower incomes, with far less education and yet they did so much. There expectations for life I would say were more about ‘what they had to do rather’ than ‘what society could do for them?’
For dreams to succeed you have to be sure about what you want to achieve and why you want to achieve it? You then have to make it happen.
“A goal is a dream with a plan backed up by massive action’ Shweta Jajharia – Action Coach
So where do you see yourself with your dreams? Are you determined to make them happen, regardless of the cost? Follow your dreams – definitely, but realise there is a cost.