Career Advice: Career Growth Begins with Career Boundaries


“My new boss casually asks how I spent my weekend. i would like to stay my personal life private.”

“My parents criticized my decision to start out a business. They’re convinced we’ll soon be living during a homeless shelter.”

“My friends invited me for lunch in the week and that i just do not have time for another event .”

As you start a replacement venture — job, business, promotion, relocation — you’ll feel you’re living during a glass bubble. Friends, coworkers, and family watch you closely, wondering if they’ll need to devour the pieces after a midlife crisis career crash.

You love them, but you would like to line limits. Life gets crowded once you sleep in alittle bubble.

1. Draw your own boundary map before getting caught in tough situations. If you’re clear on your own needs, your lines are going to be solid.

2. When you’re asked a troublesome question, use the chance to speak the message you would like to send.

Q: “Shouldn’t you be spending longer together with your family?” A: “I have an exquisite family. Did I tell you my daughter may be a starter on her highschool basketball team? And my son just won a gift for…”

3. Skip apologies and explanations unless you actually need forgiveness.

Q: “Can we get together for lunch next week?”

A: “Gee, I’m so sorry, but I even have of these errands to run, and my mother are going to be visiting, and…”

Ouch! Let’s try it again:

A: “I always enjoy lunch with you, but in the week won’t work on behalf of me am i able to call you later to line up a time?”

OR (if you never want to possess lunch with this person):

A: “Lunches don’t work with my schedule. Let’s stay in-tuned by email.”

4. Borrowing money or posing for favors will erode your boundaries.

If your parents lend you $20,000 to shop for a house, they deserve regular updates on your financial status.

If your coworker watches your cat for every week she is going to expect vacation stories (as well as a pleasant gift and a promise to rent a sitter next time).

5. If you discover yourself surrounded by people that push your boundaries, consider reviewing your priorities with a teacher , counselor or trusted friend. Your words and gestures may signal, “Come on in!” when your brain says, “Keep away!”

Finally, don’t beat yourself up! Genuine self-acceptance and self-confidence will deter most boundary-trespassers.

And sometimes you risk loosening your boundaries, recognizing that life during a glass bubble also can bring unexpected help, surprises and even rewards.

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