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Why Constraints Are Good For You

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
1 min read

Do You Have Constraints In Your Life? What an obvious question you might think. Of course you have constraints. Everybody has constraints and that’s a part of life. Which brings to mind the Serenity Prayer:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Put some constraints in your life

This may sounds crazy, but for my last few projects, I’ve deliberately put in place some hard constraints. Some of these constraints are monetary or time. But of late, I’ve been putting some mental constraints on myself. Here are some examples:

  • To maintain laser-sharp focus on the task at hand
  • To remain loving towards my loved ones
  • To push myself whenever I’m feeling too comfortable

What constraints have you imposed on yourself?

Melvyn Tan

Despite living the good life at midlife, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My aim here is to reinvent midlife, learn new skills, and understand how the world works post-COVID.