When we think of constraints, we rarely see them as a positive thing, but maybe we should re-frame that thought.

Perhaps in embracing constraints, we can find some of our greatest assets!

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Constraints can come from any number of places. They are imposed by everything from our environment, to our physicality, to our finances. They may be self-imposed or come from external factors, but we all face them.

So, what do we do when we come up against these obstacles? Can these hardships make us better? Can they make us more creative?

We talk about how great unlimited freedom would feel, but that doesn’t necessarily produce the best outcomes. In fact, in many fields, embracing constraints is a vital part of progress!

For a little insight on how we can turn constraints into our greatest assets, here is a great video from the always enlightening TED-Ed.

Via: TED-Ed 1

Constraints can give us direction. They can inform our creative and innovative process. They can make us better.

Like so many things, our barriers are all about perspective. When we shift the way we think about a problem, we find new ways of thinking and new ways of doing.

You don’t have to be a scientist, or an artist, or a designer to approach your constraints creatively. Kids that are picky eaters, problems with family members, finding the right apartment, these problems all come with their own set of obstacles waiting to be re-framed and dealt with in a fresh way.

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Life is hardly ever easy, but how we choose to embrace the hardships that come our way helps to define and strengthen who we are and our impact on the world.

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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Notes:

  1. “The Power of Creative Constraints – Brandon Rodriguez.” YouTube. TED-Ed, 13 June 2017. Web. 21 July 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5FL9VTBZzQ>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV