I’ve been thinking a lot about the difference between Boundaries and Barriers. As a teacher, a coach, a friend, wife and overall human its easy to say yes when we mean to say no, feel obligated to do things or simply want to help others.
Talking to others recently had me really diving into the differences of these words. I was listening to people I work with and realizing that some were putting up barriers instead of setting boundaries. .
Boundaries: a line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line.
Barriers: a fence or other obstacle that prevents movement or access.
I think its incredibly important to have boundaries around your work schedule, life, and business relationships. But, remember boundaries are a “line” or in my imagination written in pencil or pen, not sharpies or cement.
If we build walls aka barriers around our life we can’t move those walls should our goals change. If we build walls in order to control things they only box us in. But a line, a boundary, we can move that as needed. The key is that WE can move our own boundary, not that anyone can move your boundary line.
This week, if you feel like you’re hitting a wall everywhere you go maybe you are? Maybe, its a wall you built when you meant to draw a line?
Take a look where you have walls and where you have boundaries. Double check that they are all within your design.