A boundary is a dividing line that separates two things.
An example is a property line. You own on what’s on one side of the line, your neighbor owns what is on the other side of that line. It is a clear distinction that allows you both to know who is responsible for what.
Personal boundaries do the same thing. They separate you from everyone else. They allow you to accept responsibility ONLY for the things YOU are responsible for. And they allow you to let other people take care of their own responsibilities.
This is Part 1 of 2 in a series about personal boundaries.
This week, we cover:
- What they are
- Why they matter
- How to recognize when yours are being violated
Next week, Part 2 will cover some potential risks and the benefits associated with enforcing your personal boundaries.
This podcast series was inspired by life experience and the book, Boundaries: When to say yes, how to say no, to take control of your life by Drs Henry Cloud and John Townsend. From the Boundaries Books website, you can download the 10 Laws of Boundaries for free AND/OR take their free quiz to determine if you have boundary issues.
In January we will be further exploring the topic of boundaries in my membership program Walk with Me.
The music for this podcast is Drifting Upstream by Hyson.