Restriction as a Tool for GrowthMay 22, 2020
This is a tool I often use with my clients.
Or, I should say, they use with themselves.
KJO Coaching is alllll about flexibility, sustainability, education, and NOT restriction.
But I believe there’s a time & place for “momentary restriction”
This is a concept (that I made up lol) requiring temporary restriction from something, for the sake of mental challenge and “trying” something out to understand the personal benefits (or detriments)
-Eliminating processed foods for 1 week to get back into the groove of healthy eating
-Going dairy free for 2 weeks to see if it improves your digestion
-Unplugging the WiFi at 8pm for 1 week to see how it feels to be “offline” as you wind down for the night
-Ditching alcohol for 2 weeks
You might be thinking… if you want to do it, then DO IT. Not just for 7 days??
Here’s why ⤵️
If you do these things right now (eat lots of processed food, consume dairy daily, sit on your phone until you go to bed, drink multiple times per week)
Then making the decision to STOP for no predetermined amount of time, will feel impossible. You won’t try.
But just 1 or 2 weeks? 👌
It relieves you of the responsibility to keep this up fOrEvEr.
You can do practically anything for this short amount of time.
+ strengthen your self-control & your ability to keep promises to yourself, too.
This is an opportunity to see what “life might be like” if you WERE to make permanent change.
Without processed foods, you discover you have a lot of fun getting creative with snack choices?
You feel less bloated when you don’t consume dairy?
You sleep BEST when you’re not on screens before bed?
You realize that you have just as much fun with your friends without alcohol?
EPIPHANIES that you wouldn’t have had without momentary restriction.
It’s possible that you won’t have a massive revelation, or maybe you even feel worse in some capacity.
But even that ^^^ is STILL important information.
It STILL provides you with insights about yourself.
👉Awareness, trial & error, and safe experimentation.
⚠️I don’t recommend this “tool” for everyone. And as a coach, it should be used wisely.