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Listening Boundaries #1: Protecting Yourself in an Unkind World

In my previous article, we discussed what boundaries were and how important they are to our daily life. Now let's get more specific and apply these concepts to our daily lives! The internal listening boundary is important because it protects us from the expressed thoughts and feelings of others while still remaining open and vulnerable to those thoughts and feelings. These listening boundaries are particularly helpful to us when we are receiving feedback. Remember the touchy situation described at the beginning of my last article? Just for a moment imagine you were recently awarded a contract with your dream client. Excited you poured your heart and soul into this engagement. Upon completion

Boundaries: The Building Blocks to Healthy Self Esteem

Just for a moment imagine you were recently awarded a contract with your dream client. Excited you poured your heart and soul into this engagement. Upon completion, you are understandably proud of the results. Your client seems very pleased as well. After your engagement is complete and the case study is published, you go to dinner with a group of colleagues. One of them, whom you greatly admire, has read the study and makes the comment they thought it light and not fully substantiated. How do you feel? How do you respond? Maybe your chest constricts with anger or you inwardly cringe with embarrassment. Maybe you feel the onset of a full-on shame attack. Do you admit it was yours? Change the

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