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Learning to Relinquish Control

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There Might Be a Problem

As a business and life coach, I have frequently talked to current and potential clients about their need for building an effective team.  Your team is crucial if you are going to grow a business or even improve your own personal life.

Having a great team means giving up some control over things that you are currently doing yourself.  But the first thing I always hear from a new entrepreneur is the “nobody can do it as good as I can” statement.

This may be a true statement but you really need to think about the outcome you really want.

The Truth of It All

Let’s discuss what you really want.  How are you going to grow if you are still doing all of the day-to-day operations?  If you are still doing all of the mundane things that others can help you accomplish without the need of your interference.

Today I had the opportunity to talk with someone about having a third party do all of my website posting and maintenance.  My first thought was that I still wanted to be able to go into the website and still create my own blogs or podcasts or even create new products or courses. He simply replied to my concern with “Why?”

I went through a dozen reasons as to why I wanted that access.  He still simply said, “Why?”

Dear readers, allow me to ask you this one question. Why is it that you need to be in control over everything? If you had a person who could do the mundane work while still allowing you to call the shots?  Aren’t the overall results the same?

I can simply write the document in a Word file. Then send it over with any pictures I wanted attached.  The team would upload the blog or course or podcast on my behalf.  Thereby saving me time to do what is actually more important in the business, and that is to grow the business.

This would then free up time for me to do the more important things in my life or business.

The Realization

There is a saying I have said for years and here it was being said right back at me. The saying is “You should be working ON your business, not IN your business.”

Once you fully understand that one principle then you can grow the business.

One thing I am realizing is that if I truly want to grow I must not do all of the work alone.

The really cool thing here is that this can this concept can also be applied to your personal life.  Have you ever thought how much time you could save if you had someone else come over to clean your house, do your laundry, and take out the trash?

Nobody lies on their deathbed wishing they could clean the kitchen one more time or posted that other blog.  Instead, they think about what matters most. And that is their time to do what they really want to do.

 

Kevin A. Dunlap – business coach and entrepreneur strategist – www.kevinadunlap.com.

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