In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and prioritize short-term pleasures over long-term goals. We may choose to binge-watch a show instead of working on a project, or reach for junk food instead of preparing a healthy meal. However, a short-term orientation can lead to feelings of dissatisfaction and a lack of direction in life. In contrast, cultivating a long-term orientation can bring a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment. Here are some benefits of prioritizing our long-term goals:

  1. Greater sense of purpose:

When we have a long-term orientation, we are more likely to have a clear sense of purpose and direction in life. We know what we want to achieve and are willing to put in the effort to make it happen. This can help us feel more motivated and fulfilled.

  1. Increased resilience:

A long-term orientation helps us develop resilience, or the ability to bounce back from setbacks and adversity. When we encounter obstacles or challenges, we are better equipped to handle them and keep moving forward toward our goals.

  1. Improved decision-making:

When we prioritize our long-term goals, we are more likely to make decisions that align with those goals. We are less likely to be swayed by short-term pleasures or distractions, and more likely to make choices that will benefit us in the long run.

  1. Stronger relationships:

A long-term orientation can also improve our relationships with others. When we have a clear sense of what we want to achieve in the future, we are more likely to choose friends and partners who share our values and goals. This can lead to more fulfilling and supportive relationships.

  1. Greater life satisfaction:

Ultimately, cultivating a long-term orientation can lead to greater life satisfaction. When we are focused on our long-term goals and working toward them consistently, we feel a sense of accomplishment and purpose that can boost our overall well-being.

As we can see, there are many benefits to cultivating a long-term orientation. However, it’s not always easy to develop this mindset, especially in a society that values instant gratification. This is where therapy can be helpful. A therapist can help us identify our long-term goals and develop a plan to achieve them. By breaking down our goals into smaller, achievable steps, and developing coping skills to manage the frustration and disappointment that may arise during the process, we can stay focused on our long-term goals and resist the urge to seek out short-term gratification.


If you’re ready to prioritize your long-term goals and develop a greater sense of purpose and direction in your life, I invite you to book a consultation or session at Wellness Road Psychology in NYC.

Our team of experienced therapists is dedicated to helping clients achieve their long-term goals and live fulfilling lives. We offer a variety of evidence-based therapies and mindfulness practices to help you cultivate a long-term orientation and develop the skills needed to achieve your goals.

Don’t let a short-term orientation hold you back from living your best life. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your first session. We look forward to working with you!

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Phil Glickman

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Wellness Road Psychology

A leading provider of mental health services, offering a range of evidence-based treatments to help our clients improve their mental wellbeing.

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