"Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others." — Brene Brown
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Do you know someone who views everything you do and say as a personal attack on them? This is the kind of person who believes that the world revolves around them and anyone who doesn't help them should just get out of the way because they're of no use.
When we allow ourselves to be influenced by such people we become hijacked by their emotions and their agendas and we can begin to lose our own sense of identity because we don't empower ourselves to take care of the very things that matter most to us.
If you or someone you know is dealing with this kind of influence, then the good news is there's something that can be done about it, by setting boundaries.
The author Brené Brown reminds us that "daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others." This is a call to action to lesson the influence of people who drag us down and spend more time with those who build us up.
This is easier said than done, especially when the person dragging us down is a family member or a close friend we've known for years, but this doesn't necessarily mean that we have to cut them out of our lives.
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Jonas Cain is an instructional designer, facilitator of fascination, and purveyor of positivity—helping to initiate and manage positive change for individual, team, and community growth.