Philip Humbert reminded me of the importance of building fences. Philip sent a weekly newsletter for years. The TIPS Title for October of 2016, one of his last newsletters, was Good Fences Make Us Rich. He continually asked me a more beautiful question as if he was just across the table enjoying a cup of coffee with me.
Here was Phil's opening One Minute TIP:
"Robert Frost observed that ' good fences make good neighbors' and I would add that good boundaries make us rich, in every sense of the word. Good boundaries are essential to build your business, to create and maintain healthy relationships, and to enjoy the life you truly want. Maintain your boundaries."
-- Philip Humbert 10.16.16
I have not gotten that visual of fences out of my head. It is by creating boundaries that you can in-fact become richer. This is counter-intuitive. It is the focus to say "no" to the good so you can say "yes" to the great. We must keep our focus and determination.
Philip also cautioned that we must "fence out" distractions. There are many opportunities, but these bright shiny objects can get in the way of the important work at hand. And finally, he noted we must be disciplined with our family and friends as we need to practice balance and boundaries in both our work and social lives. We cannot fail our boundaries, we must remember our priorities.
As we head into the New Year, how can you build some fences as you map your goals and successes for 2018?