Do you want to be happier? Have more fulfilling relationships? Do more of work that matters? Well, me too. However, the problem lies with the constraints you and I face in our lives. My quest here is to turn these constraints into opportunities and get the life I want.

I started my first blog in 2006. It was created to share my thoughts on personal mastery, which I named it Engage Mastery.

My second attempt was to document my 100-day challenge of reading the Bible and writing daily devotion every day.

That project led to the completion of a 50,000 word manuscript for a book to be published by WestBow Press, the self-publishing division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan.

How to get the life I want

They say, third time’s a charm. So here I am in my third attempt of starting a blog. This time is to document my life’s journey.

For most of my adult life, I have been living my life by working around the constraints I face. I call this living a life based on trade-offs. For instance, if you want more money, then you have to sacrifice time for yourself or your family.

For some time, I’ve actually come to accept the fact I simply have to work around the constraints in my life.

Three categories of life constraints

According to this Gallup study, Americans listed seven factors as the reasons for choosing not to start a business. When you look at these seven factors, they can be classified into three categories of constraints: physical, proficiency, and psychological.

1) Physical constraints

68% of Americans cited the lack of money as a key factor stopping them from starting a business. Money, like time and other resources can be classified as a physical constraint.

2) Proficiency constraints

Almost half of those surveyed indicated that they have an idea but don’t know where to start. And one third of them said they have no knowledge about running a business. Lack of know-how and skills can be classified as a proficiency constraint.

3) Psychological constraints

This is probably the most limiting of the three. Psychological constraint is at the mind-set level, where the perception of your own self-image is the very thing that puts a cap on your potential.

The same survey listed these four factors, which can be classified as psychological constraints, as:

  • Lack of security of a steady income
  • Likelihood of success of a new startup is very low
  • Running a business will have an adverse impact on work-life balance
  • The competition

The three sets

In the field of design, the concept of constraints is similar to what is discussed above.

While good design is about working around constraints, great design is about turning constraints into opportunities. This way of thinking about great design is what is known as Design Thinking.

By embracing the mind-set, skill-set, and tool-set of a designer, we can address the psychological, proficiency, and physical constraints we face in life.

My goal here is to share with you the ideas curated from various sources and then synthesized into an elegant solutions to address the challenges we face in life.

Your turn

So, what is your single greatest challenge you are currently facing that is holding you back from living the life you want?

What’s stopping you from getting the life you want?

Share with me here!

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