How many times do you use time crunches and boundary issues be your excuses for success and productivity? When we don’t place healthy boundaries on our times and energy and we over commit we are distracted. Most commonly the distraction is with feelings of overwhelm and stress. Similarly when we don’t manage our time accurately and we over commit instead of being mindful of our commitment we can get distracted in putting out fires instead of truly making any progress.
The great news is that you can change it all and you have the capabilities to make decisions about your time and your energy that will set you up for greater progress and happiness. Boundaries are an essential level of progression for anyone who is serious about success. Learning to say no to buy yourself time to think about things and really authentically make good decisions that are good for you and good for your success are an essential part of growth.
Here are 3 ways to enforce the boundaries you need in your life in kind and loving ways –
Love yourself more than others! This is not arrogant or self serving it’s actually healthy. We are taught to love others more than ourselves but in fact this is unbalanced and a recipe for disaster. Instead we need to be committed to our life and our projects and choose ourselves first all of the time.
Buy yourself time – be sure to make a rule for yourself that you never make a decision without buying yourself some time to really mull it over and think about the best decision possible. Resist the temptation to react and instead create a win/win scenario for all people involved. To achieve this you must take time and thought. So, next time you are asked to do something buy yourself some time to make a good decision with this response – “let me check with my schedule and get back to you about that.’ Those simply words can and will change your life and your stress.
Be consistent – nothing can improve or move forward if you are not consistent. Most importantly be consistent in the loving care and support that you give yourself. It’s a very important part of the success journey, to nurture the steps it takes to pace the stress and the overwhelm along the way.
The reality all of us face is the speed in which life changes and evolves. We never will hold the power to control others, buy ourselves more time or be able to have everything our own way. As a result we all must hold ourselves accountable and consistent in our good choices and our commitment to our success and happiness. We could all have excuses in our distractions OR we can truly step up, claim the space and be the best versions of ourselves by committing to the work involved to stay focused, in trust and consistent with our boundaries.
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