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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.