Sunday, July 24, 2011
SOS - Calling for Reinforcements
I've done this for years, and never asked anyone for help. Instead, I hunker down, put on my Secret Identity, and try to do everything. Well, that all ends now. Or actually yesterday.
I'm not putting on my super cape anymore. I'm not going to pretend that I'm great at everything. What I have realized is that I can actually save a TON of time by outsourcing what I'm not good at and concentrating on what I am good at. So, I sent out the Bat Signal, so to speak.
Yesterday I called for reinforcements. I sent out several e-mails to specific people asking for help. This is something I never thought I would do. I honestly don't think I have ever asked for help (voluntarily) in my entire life. And then I went to the beach for an afternoon of much-needed relaxation with my husband. Sure, I also spent some time working on another project, but I wouldn't have had the time to do that if I hadn't asked others to step in.
Do you play the Super Hero in your life? Do you struggle and try to learn how to do EVERYTHING, no matter how difficult it is or how many other people you know have better skills and could do it with ease? Maybe someone could give you a hand, or maybe they could take over a piece of your project altogether. Letting others contribute gives them a chance to let their Super Powers shine. What would it mean to you if you let someone else contribute? Can you give up a little bit of control in order to have more free time and be more productive in other areas?
It's great to learn new skills and to grow, but it's also great to know when to let go and let others help pull the load. Is there something you can ask for help with today? What can you let go of in your life?