They are the things you didn't know you needed to know about when you started your practice. How you can manage around your time, friends and family, what you will or won't do for clients, around getting paid and more.
I recently spent 30 minutes talking with a client around why she let what happened with a client happen, and what new way of looking at herself and her work could prevent it from ever happening again.
I have to confess, every little policy and boundary I have in place is a direct result of some weird, "keep me up at night" situation in my practice.
Now if weirdness comes up, I either point to "the details of working together" hand out that they agreed to, or have a "we need to talk conversation" and offer some coaching around what I see.
Sure there are always clients who bail after they invest or never participate in their investment in your work, that's normal. And there's not much to be done about that besides making sure your business is not affected by other people's whims.
When you're beginning to consider upgrading how you do what you do, and how you are with clients, one of the first ways to ease into this is to look for evidence of what you want.
Could you look around with new eyes, and look for professionals doing their thing, caring, but not care-taking?
Could you look for examples (in and out of your field of expertise) that show you that you can be caring in business but still be firm around what's cool and what's not in your practice?
This is a lot like those rare, great teachers you had in your school days, that inspired you to be your best in class, but didn't bend the rules for you either.
First look around and look for evidence of professionals walking this line in simple, effective and elegant ways.
Be it from your past, a local service provider, someone you admire from afar or someone you personally know.
This will give you courage to establish healthy boundaries for yourself as well.
Heres to setting healthy boundaries that allows your business and clients to bloom,
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