Strengthening your boundaries is one of the most powerful ways to transform your relationships and improve your life personally and professionally. This month we look at boundaries.

Boundaries let us know the difference between our authentic selves and our social self that is based on pleasing others. People with strong boundaries lead happier, more fulfilling lives. They feel confident to speak their truth. They accept what they want and they reject what they don't want in their lives. Having strong boundaries is very attractive.

Weak boundaries disempower us and disrespect those around us.

Weak boundaries show up in a number of ways:
The inability to say no.
The fear of displeasing someone.
The tendency to rescue others.
The expectation of being rescued.
Not expressing our true feelings.
Attracting people who take advantage of us.
Allowing outside opinions to determine our self-worth.
Feeling like a victim.
Feeling obligated, indebted.
Trying to change someone else.

So where do weak boundaries come from?
When we were children, pleasing parents and teachers and friends was necessary to our survival. We needed to learn how to bond, how to read reactions, how to compromise. These are not skills to give up. This is where we learn the empathy and compassion that makes relationship possible.

Problems arise when, as adults, we are unconsciously ruled by these needs to please, bond, or compromise. We are operating out of fear more than love. When we are acting from unconscious impulses we give up our ability to choose responsibly, and we become victims and victimizers.

We all have areas in our lives where our boundaries are nice and strong, and other areas where our boundaries get weaker. (The higher the stakes, the stronger the likelihood is that fear will come in and weaken our boundaries.) The easiest way to check the strength of your boundaries is to ask yourself: "How free do I feel here to say what I feel and to ask for what I want?"

This month's invitation:
Take a look at your own life.
Where are your boundaries strongest?
Where are they weakest? Why?
What small step can you take to be more honest and authentic in that area of your life?

As you strengthen your boundaries in any area of your life, you will increase your self confidence. You will attract better relationships. You will enjoy more respect and success.
To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.
~ Joan Didion

Author's Bio: 

Morgana Rae, Master Results Coach and creator of Financial Alchemy, is president of Charmed Life Coaching, a successful life and business coaching company that guides clients to attract more than they chase, to market creatively and inexpensively, and to enjoy success without sacrificing their humanity. A popular speaker and frequent television and radio guest, Morgana was featured as a millionaire mindset expert in a documentary with Robert Allen, Mark Victor Hansen and Marshall Sylver. She is an executive coach and Director of Marketing for Elyon Cosmetics International. She is a contributing author to the book Inspiration to Realization, and her articles have been published in magazines worldwide. Morgana writes, speaks, and coaches from a commitment to the evolution of humanity; and from a desire to witness a while world of intentional, empowered, charmed living! Contact or