‘I’m the best person for the job; trouble is, I’m the best person for every job!’
‘It takes too long to show someone else to do; I might as well do it myself.’
If you’ve ever heard yourself saying any of these, then it may be time to reconsider, as in uttering these words you are guaranteed to be creating a hard time for yourself. It’s understandable – as a professional, you know your work inside out, and no doubt you are proud of the brilliant service you offer others.
But if you want to include freedom, fun and balance in your life, then you’ll have to rethink these kinds of statements.
I was reminded last night of the power of contribution and community while watching a TV programme. A UK family had travelled from the UK to Chile, and were building their own home in the middle of nowhere, an hour’s drive from the nearest small shop. They really were doing it all themselves, as well – no building contractors, no plumbers or electricians or carpenters. Just themselves, some books and – well, yes they did have help, actually. They couldn’t in the end do it all alone.
The help came in the form of neighbours, and cattle. Cattle to drag the trees that had been chopped down to make one of the roofs. A neighbour whose work is felling trees for building; another neighbour who hunts the wild boar to make a living; and a final man who acted as a guide for the visiting TV presenter.
It got me thinking about how easy it is to think, as a solo professional, that you are working alone, and that you are the only one who can do what you do. While that is of course possible, it’s not how the best businesses are built. Those, no matter what size, come about with teamwork – when a team of people get together to create, inspire and implement.
It means you have to be willing to delegate (tasks that others can do); dream (into what you truly want, and then go for that); and reach out for help that you maybe secretly know you need.
I have both my brothers who work for me on the website and other IT needs; my coach, who helps me focus on the next steps; my various Facebook groups who are usually up for giving a bit of advice; and both my mastermind groups, where I can both give and receive help. Plus I have an accountant, who is always available should I need his advice.
I love knowing that someone else is working on my business, at the same time as I am. If you’ve never tried this, I recommend it!
We all, in essence, work better, more satisfyingly and productively when we work together. Plus, it’s much more fun! Do you have a group of people with whom you work? Who are they, and what do you do for each other? Share in the comments section and let me know!
If you’d like to discover how having me on your team will help you get clear on where you are going, holding your hand along the way, and supporting you to live your highest life possible, then email me direct and we can explore that in a complimentary Wild Wisdom Session. Reach out, in other words, and ask for help!