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Today, we’re diving into the world of boundaries – the ultimate sidekicks in your search for sustainable business success. In a recent episode of the “Seriously in Business” podcast, host Jacqui Naunton sat down with the incredible Kylie Broadfoot to explore the art of mastering boundaries in business. We’re here to share the key takeaways and practical tips to help you harness the power of boundaries in your business ASAP (although it will take some practice.
Boundaries play a crucial role in creating a healthy and harmonious work-life balance. From setting clear expectations for communication and response times to carving out dedicated time for administrative tasks and client calls, boundaries are the secret weapon for preventing burnout and nurturing a joyful, sustainable business.
Start by recognising the impact your lack of boundaries is having on your and your business. Where does it manifest for you? Perhaps you’re feeling overwhelmed by urgent client demands, dissatisfaction with work, or the lingering sense of undercharging for your valuable services.
It’s time to unleash your inner superhero and set some ground rules with yourself.
A great place to start is to keep promises to yourself, manage your time effectively, or prioritise self-care. Establishing clear boundaries allows you to reclaim control and keep your business aspirations aligned with your personal well-being.
It also gives you some wins and a little confidence boost before you move onto step 3.
When it comes to your clients, clear and transparent communication is your trusty shield.
The best way to foster health boundaries is to keep things clear!
Set mutual expectations for communication frequency, response times, and payment processes and anything else that might cause friction between you and your clients or customers.
Doing this not only fosters a respectful and professional relationship but also earns you the admiration of your clients. Remember, setting boundaries doesn’t make you the villain; it positions you as a confident and respected business leader.
So, how can you tactfully and effectively assert your boundaries without ruffling any feathers? A playful yet firm “no” can often do the trick, and it’s all about finding the right balance between compassion and confidence.
Even little things like email autoresponders to openly discussing your boundaries can make a world of difference. Brainstorm ways you can communicate clearly and simply to your clients.
As we wrap up this boundary-busting adventure, remember that setting boundaries doesn’t make you an aloof or inaccessible business owner. On the contrary, it positions you as a superhero of your own story, equipped with the wisdom to navigate challenges and the compassion to take care of yourself, your business, and your clients.
It’s time to embrace the incredible power of boundaries and transform the way you approach your work and personal life. Because in the world of business, boundaries aren’t barriers – they’re the superheroes of success!
Kylie Broadfoot is a mindset and human behaviour coach, mentor and facilitator. After working as a neurological occupational therapist for a couple of decades, helping people to pursue their goals and dreams, she finally gave in to the pull to study to become a coach. And quickly discovered it was a love affair in all the best ways.
She poured hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars into honing her craft and importantly, being coached herself. Now Kylie is an authority on all things human behaviour. She empowers women to reclaim their true identity, release people pleasing, become confident with asserting their boundaries (minus the guilt), and develop their self-awareness and permission to be all of who they truly are. She offers private coaching, workshops and events for individuals, leaders and teams.
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