One of the contributing factors to feeling at your emotional capacity is putting others’ needs in front of your own.

  • Maybe you’ve said yes to attending a networking event but you’re exhausted and just want to go home and watch reality TV.
  • Perhaps you agreed to stay behind to review your team member’s work that you asked for by lunchtime, but they missed that deadline and want it done now.
  • Or it could just be that there’s so much chaos in your business or your life right now that you don’t think you can take anything else on.

So what’s the way out of this I hear you ask?

It’s about setting boundaries

When we don’t have boundaries, other people’s needs are placed higher than ours, leaving us reactive to them and their demands.

Continuing this behaviour puts us on the path of stress, anxiety, wasted time, resentment and breakdown of relationships.

And that’s not even looking at the cost to your business!

To quote Henry Cloud:

Boundaries are basically about providing structure, and structure is essential in building anything that thrives.

When you’re able to set clear boundaries with others (be it your team, family or friends) it gives them a structure to follow.

And just like toddlers and teenagers, we all need structures in place to thrive.

So how do you actually do it?

This model by the team at Positive Psychology walks you through the four steps to setting boundaries.

Now, I have a request for you…

What’s one boundary that you know you need to set in place this week?

Follow the model, take action then hit reply to let me know how you go. 

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