• Jackie Mitchell

Much Ado About Boundaries

In the past few months, I have been telling you about the importance of boundaries, in my social media posts. Leading up to the launch of C-Suite, we opened with a 5 day, 10 panelist keynote virtual summit, on 'Pushing the Boundaries of No: Leading with Authenticity' with over 6 hours of conversation from successful and professional women with their unique points of view on saying 'No', having boundaries in various areas of your life, and why it's important to have them.

For our members of C-Suite, I rounded out the discussion by giving a special bonus keynote on Setting Boundaries. With this, I wanted to continue to lay the foundation for C-Suite to complement our other panelists. It's important that we kickoff and start our journey with clear and consise boundaries. In my keynote, I show you exactly what to do to set them and how to communicate them.

Boundaries are a necessity for your safety and success. It describes your values. It protects your values. It's a system you put in place to help to define what is acceptable to you and for you. You can't control how other people treat you but you can control your messaging of what your boundaries are. Your boundaries help to communicate your self respect.

You must first define your boundaries, communicate your boundaries, and honor your boundaries. If you do not honor your own boundaries, please do not be surprised when no one else does. If you do not have boundaries, now is a great time to start defining them for yourself.

If you don't know how, here's what you should do:

Start by identifying what you want. Next, determine what you will accept. Then be clear in communicating the boundaries you've defined for yourself. And finally, communicate the consequences of violating these boundaries.

Initially, this isn't an easy conversation to have. Whether it's your personal or professional life, it can seem awkward to have discussions about boundaries. But you must. Every great relationship has clear boundaries in place.

In C-Suite, I discuss in detail how to have this conversation without ever using the word 'boundary' with your manager so that it doesn't force them to be on the defensive or shut down. I also discuss how to communicate your boundaries as early as the interview! YES... it can and must be done. Why? People will respect you more when they see that you value yourself and stand in your authenticity.

Meet me in C-Suite, our private online community for professional women such as yourself, where we've created a safe space to talk about this and so much more for your personal and professional growth.

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