I am Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
When building a profitable practice, it’s important to create healthy boundaries in your personal and professional life. Borders are good things. They let people know what to expect if they go past a certain line, whether that line is physical, virtual or emotional. That’s all boundaries really are. They are borders. They’re line lines drawn in the sand that let people know exactly what is expected of them, and what they’ll get from you if they step over those lines.
If you want a better relationship with yourself and healthier relationships with others, here are seven simple tips you can use to start establishing healthy beneficial boundaries today:
1. Become a better communicator. You must communicate your needs and feelings or else how will people know what to expect from you? Communicate your needs with the people that are important to you, and also ask them if there are any borders you’ve been overstepping.
2. Start off small. Establishing boundaries is about making change. Either you’re creating brand new limits you haven’t imposed before, or you’re tweaking current boundaries. Either way, those changes can be difficult. They can be tough on you and the people in your life. Start small. Don’t try to change the world overnight. Then, slowly create more boundaries as needed. Do this on a regular basis and you can slowly gain control of your life and enjoy healthier relationships.
3. Set borders for yourself, not just others. If your life needs improvement in some way, it’s not just others who might be overstepping your borders. You can see massive improvement in the quality of your life when you respect yourself enough to set boundaries for your own habits, actions and behaviors.
4. Be prepared for pushback. It’s going to happen. There is going to be some resistance with your newly established limits. This is normal, you should expect it to happen. By the way, this includes pushback from yourself. You might be trying to establish limits of behavior that you want to start following. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself stepping over your own boundaries.
5. Write them down. You’re not writing down your boundaries so you can print them out and hand them to people. What this does is it makes these limitations important to your subconscious. Read them daily. You might have to tweak them from time to time, and when you do, rewrite them. This is a powerful way to make yourself better at enforcing your boundaries.
6. Get some help. Who do you admire? Maybe you have a friend who always seems to be calm, cool and collected. Ask them if they can recommend some boundaries from which you could benefit. This could be physically or emotionally in your career or personal life.
7. Review once a year. You wrote down your boundaries earlier, didn’t you? Good. Review them once a year. People change and your values might change. This means that it’s a good idea to review and possibly change important boundaries you’ve established.
Start today. Put these best practices for establishing healthy boundaries into practice. You owe it to yourself and the people that are important to you. You’ll find more emotional control and self-respect. The relationships that are important to you will be healthier and stronger as well.
Setting boundaries often requires assertiveness. Check out our blog post here for tips on how to be assertive without rubbing people the wrong way.
I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits. Please go to businessofrehab.com/contractnegotiations to pick up the free guide to help you negotiate the contract of your dreams.
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