This week's #powerback is talking about the art of delegation. A lot of you have either been or currently are starting a business, which means you're wearing all 57,000 different hats that come along with that. So you become pretty accustomed to having to do it all. And that's really a struggle because when people try to help or you hire employees or you start to expand, people want to help you, but you're in such a normal routine and habit that it's really hard to let some of those things go.
Or another common thing, it takes time to train someone to be able to delegate it to them. Right? If this is a task they've never done before or a program they've never used or a certain part of your process you're doing, it's hard to duplicate your efforts if they've not been properly trained. So it was a knee jerk reaction. You say, "Well if I have time to train them, I might as well just do it myself."
Sometimes it's just a case of I don't know how to let people help me. I want them to, and it's not that I wouldn't be happy to delegate the 50 things that are on my plate, but I just simply don't know how to do that. And that brings me into the epic meltdown of 2019.
I have this really cool office. My one wall is completely glass and that happens to be the wall that faces my team - purposely designed so that yes, I could have an office space where I could conduct the things that I needed to do, but we also have this openness and transparency.
I had been feeling really overwhelmed by a lot of different things. I was doing way too many tasks. I got into that feeling where I felt like I was doing a ton of things, but they were only being done kind of okay. And I wasn't nailing anything. Like when I got to the completion of a portion of a project that I was working on, I wasn't feeling like, hell yes, I did that and I feel awesome. It was more just, okay, now I need to get onto the next thing and now this thing, etc. And I got a phone call with some information that I was not overly thrilled about and it was the straw that broke the camel's back and I had a freaking ugly ass meltdown. I'm talking ugly cry and swear words. It was just like the balloon had popped, all the emotions came out. And God bless my team. They just look back and they knew that there was some shit going down.
They always check on me, which is amazing, but it was kind of the turning point for me where I really needed to reevaluate me and my time. See, what had happened was I reabsorbed a lot of different roles and responsibilities, but I never really delegated those things out. So I made a list of all the things that I was doing. Then Amber and I went through the list and we crossed things off. She helped me really reelevate some of these items and it turns out it's really actually not that big of a deal. When you just ask for help, you would be surprised and amazed at how people want to help contribute to the overall success.
By delegating, you're not only helping them to grow and succeed, but you're also helping yourself to grow and succeed as well. So grab a piece of paper, sit down with yourself, make a list, and then grab a really amazing person that can help you go through your list and get you back to doing the things you're absolutely, incredibly, amazing at.
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