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Personal growth: Self-empowerment through restrictions March 29, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Concept of personal development.
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By Dennis Mellersh

We usually think of restrictions as being negative, a process of undesirable denial.

But restrictions, or more precisely, self-imposed restrictions, can be beneficial – they have an upside.

Restrictions can help us achieve our personal development potential.

I was doing some research on religious practices when I came across an article in which the writer was making the point that his adhering to the restrictions of eating kosher helped to teach him self-discipline.


* By restricting our caloric intake, we can have a more desirable weight

* By restricting/moderating alcohol we can lower our blood pressure – the same with smoking

* By restricting distractions we can be more productive and achieve more in our personal growth goals.

* By restricting how much we complain, we can develop a more positive outlook.

This all seems like pretty obvious stuff, but perhaps it might show that if we look hard enough, there may be some self-improvement benefits in a variety of factors and situations that we normally regard as being highly negative because of their restrictive nature.

Personal growth: The paradox of persistence and failure March 27, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Goal Setting and Realization, Uncategorized.
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By Dennis Mellersh

In our efforts to realize the goals in our personal development programs we can achieve either success or failure through the character attribute of persistence.

We can persist in working and fruitlessly spending energy and time on a goal when all logic and analysis indicates that doing so is a doomed effort.

Or we can continually establish new goals to replace those goals which are clearly not working.

Author Napoleon hill puts it this way:

[Most people] “meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.”

It’s hard to let go of a failing effort to achieve goals we consider important unless we have equally important goals that can replace them.