When Boundaries Become Barriers: How to Break Free and Live Your God-Given Calling

I`m free handwritten in sand for natural, symbol,tourism or concBoundaries—we all need them, but they can also become our greatest barriers to success and keep us from living the calling God has placed on our lives.

Healthy boundaries between people are a vital ingredient of any relationship, whether personal or professional. Boundaries around what you can and cannot do in your business—not so much!

Admiral Grace Hopper once said, “The most dangerous phrase in the language is ‘we’ve always done it this way.’” She was right.

When we or those around us insist on doing things a certain way without ever considering alternatives, we stifle innovation, growth, and learning. We close ourselves and our businesses off to new and often better ways of doing things, and thus the train of opportunity departs the station without us.

We can often observe this in large corporations who refuse to give their employees the freedom to make decisions. They are so worried about losing control that they miss out on the best talent, because said talent does not want to be controlled but instead thrives on freedom, flexibility, and creativity.

As entrepreneurs, we often bring boundaries with us that we adopted while working for someone else, and we need to consciously retrain our brains to think outside the box. This can often be a challenge, because we are creatures of habit, and, if we are not careful, we will subconsciously replicate the same constraints we thought we left behind with our full-time job.

Last year, I worked with a Coach as part of a program called “Gateway to Freedom.” This program turned out to be one of the best investments I have ever made, because it helped me venture outside my own boundaries and find freedom, just as the title promised.

After just a few coaching sessions, we had discovered that I primarily looked for external approval of what was “acceptable” for me to do in my business. This in turn held me captive to doing things I really didn’t want to do, and that drained my passion and inspiration.

My Coach had me write down the following sentence, which I have now posted by my desk and read often:

“I have the God-given right to do what I believe is right for myself.”

This little sentence has liberated my mind and my work in a way that I am continuing to experience daily. I embarked on a journey from being a rule-follower to becoming a trend-setter, and, rather than blindly accepting others’ terms for how business is to be conducted, I am breaking boundaries and stating my own terms.

What does this mean to you? It means that you, too, can break out of any man-made boundaries that have been prescribed to you and step into the Kingdom way of doing business where the sky is the limit.

You don’t have to follow any particular business model just because someone told you it’s the one or everyone is doing it that way. You can be a trailblazer and break out of “the way it’s always been done”. There simply are no limits—only the ones we impose on ourselves.

SabineQuote13I hope this encourages you to take a close look at where in your business you may have subconsciously built up barriers to success. Are you doing the work God called you to do in a way that honors Him and brings you joy? Are you empowering yourself to say “no” to anything that does not?

If you would like to learn more about the Gateway to Freedom program, please click here. I guarantee you it will be unlike anything you have ever experienced!

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