Most of the things you think you desire are only shallow substitutes for what you truly would like to have. Learn to look past each immediate, superficial wish to uncover the real, profound and fulfilling desire beyond it.
There's no sense spending your time, effort and resources in pursuit of things that are not even what you genuinely desire. Look instead at the root of each desire and put your energy into what you truly wish to bring about in your life.
The things you crave may satisfy you momentarily, yet they cannot fulfill your deepest desires. By giving in to your cravings, you're actually pushing yourself further and further away from what you truly wish to have.
Choose to raise your expectations. Instead of merely chasing pleasures that quickly fade, work on creating joys that do not end.
Instead of diversions that just amuse you, create experiences that wholly fulfill you. There's no need to settle for substitutes when an authentically meaningful life is yours to live.
Look for the root of each desire. Discover and fulfill the person you truly wish to be.
-- Ralph Marston