Do you have a plan for your soul-centered project, but not enough time, arms, legs, or energy to get everything done? Have you ever wished that you could clone yourself to get the help you need? Do you ever wonder, even for a moment, what it might be like if you had all the support you needed so that you could focus on the bigger picture of bringing your vision into reality?
When there is just more than you can handle alone, and even when you think you can do it by yourself, it’s incredibly important to be able to delegate.
The reason you need to be able to hand off responsibilities to others is that the more successful you become and want to be, the more responsibility there is. No one can do everything alone, and no one operates in a vacuum. And a good leader knows that the way to achieve all your goals is by enlisting others to help you out.
There are three keys to opening the door to success. These three are the different types of support that you need. Bear in mind that one person cannot fulfill all these roles, so you’ll need to recruit at least three different people to step into these roles.
Key 1: Basic Task Support
- The Helpers: You likely don’t need a ton of people in this key, but you do need a few. The types of people in this delegation key can be anyone from an assistant to a professional cleaning person, local dry cleaner, or a copywriter.
- What They Do: These tasks are the ones that bore you, distract you, or take up too much of your precious time. Examples: cleaning your home, scheduling your clients, managing your accounting, doing the laundry, writing PR and marketing copy, doing research on just about any topic, sending invoices, setting up your newsletter, etc.
- Homework: List those everyday, menial tasks. Then make a list of people who could potentially fill those roles.
Key 2: Intellectual/Creative Support
- The Helpers: The second key in your Soulful Support System consists of 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.
- What They Do: Generate fresh ideas or solutions to issues on your own in your career, business, creative work, relationship issue, or personal projects. There are always more juicy and powerful opportunities to learn, stretch, move forward, problem-solve, and create when you can explore ideas with other people you deem creative and smart.
- Homework: Make a list of people you respect whom 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!
Key 3: Emotional and Spiritual Support
- The Helpers: People in this group can include: husbands, wives, sisters, parents, childhood friends, clergy members, coaches, and therapists.
- What They Do: Provide 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.
- Homework: 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 whom you believe could (or already do) support you in these areas. Remember, one person does not have to fulfill all these roles; each person could be helping you with another area of emotional support.
Action Step: Make the calls or write the emails to get the help you need in these three areas – trust me, you will feel a huge load off your shoulders!
When you ask for and receive help on your projects, soul-centered goals, and in your life, not only do you achieve your goals more quickly and easily, but you also avoid exhaustion and overwhelm.
And here’s an added bonus: when you enlist others to help you out, you are empowering those support individuals by putting responsibility and power in their hands.