Delegating is so incredibly important because the more successful you become and want to be, the more responsibility there is. You are not supposed to be doing it all on your own! In fact, any good leader knows that the way to accomplish all that you want to accomplish is by enlisting others to help you out.
By asking for support on your projects, soul-centered goals, and in your life, not only do you achieve what you want to achieve more quickly and easily, but you also avoid exhaustion and overwhelm. And here’s the added bonus: when you enlist others to help you out, you are empowering those support individuals by putting responsibility and power in their hands.
What I’ve found is that, for the most successful results on any project or goal, it’s important that you understand the different types of support that you need and enlist those different types of support from various individuals aligned for the job or task. I call this your 3-Tiered Soulful Support System:
Tier 1: Basic Task Support
Now, the first tier of your Soulful Support System includes those people you can delegate tedious, everyday tasks to. These tasks are the one that annoy you, distract you, or take up too much of your precious time. Examples of basic tasks to delegate are: cleaning your home, scheduling your clients, doing your accounting, doing the laundry, writing press releases and sending them out, doing research on just about anything, sending invoices, setting up your newsletter, etc.
Now, keep in mind that you don’t need a ton of people in this tier. However, you do need some. The types of people in the delegation tier can be anyone from an assistant to a professional cleaning person, local dry cleaner, or a graphic designer.
Take a moment now and make a list of all of your everyday, menial tasks. Then make a list of people who could potentially fill those roles. Next: make those calls in order to get the help you need – trust me, you will feel a huge load off your shoulders!
Tier 2: Intellectual/Creative Support
The second tier in your Soulful Support System is a group of people who can help you brainstorm or provide you with new ideas or resources. These are your colleagues, mentors, Board of Directors, coaches, and teachers.
Coming up with fresh ideas or solutions to issues on your own in your career, business, creative work, relationship issue, or personal project can sometimes be a huge task. There are always more juicy and powerful opportunities to learn, stretch, move forward, problem solve and create when you have other people whom you judge as creative and smart to bounce ideas off of.
Take a moment now and make a list of people you respect who you believe could help you with the intellectual and creative aspects of your project. You will greatly enjoy hearing these choice peoples’ words of advice and wisdom, and they might even be flattered at having been chosen to share them!
Tier 3: Emotional and Spiritual Support
The third tier in your Soulful Support System is an often overlooked group, however they are the true backbone to your success and your sense of connection and joy in the world. This group is your own emotional and spiritual support.
To use the words of one of my mentors, ALisa Starkweather: “Every woman needs her court of women.” What ALisa meant by this is that each one of us needs our own court of supporters, our own group of trusted and beloved people whom we know will hold us up and keep us going and believe in us even in those moments when we don’t believe in ourselves. Because those moments happen. People in this group can include: husbands, wives, sisters, parents, childhood friends, clergy members, coaches, and therapists.
So, first take a moment now and write down the three top fears, doubts or concerns that you know outside support and confirmation could really help you with. Next, write down your top two to five people that you believe could (or already do) support you in these areas. Remember, one person does not have to encompass everything, each person could be helping you with another area of emotional support.
With these three areas of support in your life and dream project covered, you are setting yourself up for maximum success!