Boundaries

Updated: Oct 13

Boundaries Are More Than Just Saying No.


When we hear the word boundaries, we often hear it as various ways to say no to other people. It can be easy to forget that no is a complete sentence. We overexplain it and call it “setting boundaries.”


Boundaries say “yes” as often as they say “no.”


Once we have a vision of what we want, boundaries help us achieve our goals – in every area of our lives. For example, boundaries in relationships communicate what we will/will not tolerate. Boundaries around our time answer the question, “Will this bring me closer to my goal?”





Boundaries around our health help ensure that we eat well and get enough rest and exercise.

Boundaries function like bumpers in bowling. They help steer our efforts toward the pins (goals) and keep us out of the gutters (toxic relationships or rampant self-indulgence, for example).


Boundaries start with a vision, are executed with self-control, and reap a harvest when we do not quit.


Contact me for help creating boundaries to build the life you envision.


Angela W. Startz, MA-HSC

Called2Rise LLC

HopeWorks Counseling


Recommended Reading:

Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Beyond Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Disentangle: When You've Lost Yourself in Someone Else by Nancy Johnston

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