Many people think we have to do it all and be great at everything. Somehow is part of our independent spirit. Nowadays, we live in a world and culture where you can afford not to do it all, and yet for some reason, we think we should.
It is time to strengthen your strengths by doing what you are good at, mastering that, and just delegating the rest. Furthermore, people who learned something tend to attract a good life, such as Warren Buffet, Tiger Woods, and Barbra Streisand.
Doing a lot of things well is not as nearly as valuable as doing one thing exceptionally well. Mastery is an art and science because even if you have a natural talent or gift, it takes time, practice, and dedication to make that talent flourish.
If you still have a hard time letting go of all the things you could do daily, think of it in terms of how much extra energy something costs you. How much does it cost you in terms of your well-being (stress-free) and happiness(peace of mind)?
Have you heard the phrase “ work smart, not hard”? I bet you have and wonder how you can become more effective and efficient in your life. The 80/20 rule states that 80 percent of your results come from 20 percent of your efforts.
By strengthening your strengths and focusing on that 20 percent ratio, your mastery increases, and you could eliminate 80 percent of the remaining 80 percent of what you currently do.
You must identify your unique talents or gifts and be ready to leverage these strengths, and learn how to delegate your weakness effectively.
I had an excellent client designing websites with the proper codes and search engine optimization and spent hours during the week doing this outstanding work. It was clear that he had a talent for this kind of work and was busy with his clients, but in one of our sessions, he discloses his desire to fix his roof on his house, as he claimed that he learned how to do it by watching videos on YouTube.
He owned his house and felt that he could save some money by doing it himself rather than take my suggestion of getting some bids and delegating the work. Well, a week after, he called me that on his second day of working on the roof, he fell off the ladder and suffered some nasty injuries that have sidelined him in bed for a while.
Unfortunately, he did not have proper medical insurance, so now not only he has to get someone to do the roof, but he also has thousands to pay in doctors and treatment bills. The point of the above sample is simple, any time you are doing something you may not be good at or think you have done, rather than delegating the work, you are sapping your energy away.
Look at your life and write now three to five things you have been doing that you would instead not do and perhaps delegate to someone.
Here is another point of view, ask yourself and also some of your family, friends the following questions:
- What do you think is my greatest strength?
- What is my biggest weakness?
- What do you see as my unique talent or gift?
- What do I do naturally and effortlessly that is unique?
- If I were on the cover of a magazine, what magazine would it be, and what would the story be about?
- When am I most fully expressing this talent or gift?
Once you gather this information, reflect and honor your gifts by doing it, sharing with others, and live it. By strengthening your strengths and delegating your weakness, you will be able to work smart, not hard; the way I see it, life does not have to be a struggle.
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To your success
Coach Lionel Sanabria