Article: Don’t Fence Me In

How do you define and create boundaries in your life, work and even with yourself?

It’s not always a clear-cut line (though, sometimes, it has to be!).

I wanted to share my summer post on The Coaching Tools Blog: Don’t Fence Me In: Unlock Successful Life Balance with Practical Boundaries

We are so often a society of Yes. How frequently do (you or) your clients take on extra projects, problems or work when your plate is already full? How many of your clients are even aware of their own plate is already full?

Whether you’ve got a client with a new goal, a frustrated client (because they never seem to get anything done) or a client in full overwhelm, it’s time to talk about boundaries!

The good news is: boundaries do not have to be limiting. The other good news is: sometimes they have to be – and these boundaries will create beautiful space for your client succeed in their goals. Jenn Danielson

Values and Priorities: The First Pieces of Information

In order to set boundaries, we must first be clear on what we want to achieve, what’s important to us. Your client’s values and priorities, and the urgency and importance of each project or goal, will define how much time and energy they need in a day, week or month.

To help my clients, I love using expansive questions, calendar models, the wheel of life, mind maps and grids to fully identify, connect and align a client with their values, goals, projects – and life. This sets the groundwork for creating steps to success.

And for our overly committed clients, boundary setting is essential – and the counterpart to accountability.

Because we all so often want to please others, and also have own guilt and accomplishment to manage, setting “boundaries” can feel unduly harsh or limiting. The good news is: boundaries do not have to be limiting. The other good news is: sometimes they have to be – and these boundaries will create beautiful space for your client succeed in their goals.

Unlock Life Balance with These 4 Types of Practical Boundaries

…continue reading for the four types of boundaries

Share in the comments! How do you apply boundaries in different settings?

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