7 Telltale Signs It’s Time to Fire Yourself - Christine Kane

The first house I ever bought had a pretty big lawn.

I used to mow it myself.  I was a tried-and-true DIY gal.  I prided myself on it.

Only problem?

I freakin’ couldn’t stand mowing the lawn.  I dreaded it all week.  Even though I was happy once it was finished, I started dreading it again the very next day!

At that time, I was just beginning to Uplevel my business and my success.  I started seeing my time differently.

I realized that the simple act of writing content or creating a product could pay me – in the long run – WAY more than the money I saved by mowing my own lawn.

I learned how to value the potential ROI of my true work.

In other words, I learned that it was time to FIRE MYSELF.

Was it scary?


But when I finally hired someone to mow my lawn every week, I learned all about success and the value of my time. In other words, I got over myself and my fear of lack.

These days I’ve taken it to a much bigger level, and I have a full-time team working for me.

I now teach my clients new ways of valuing their time as they expand into more success in their own lives.  They always end up realizing the ROI (Return On Investment) of firing themselves – and hiring a team!

Here are 7 telltale signs that it might be time for you to fire yourself and get some support, too…

1 – You don’t have enough time to do the thing you’re best at.

What are you good at?  What do you want to be good at?  How much time do you actually spend doing that thing?

If you’re running around getting menial tasks done – and you have no time to pursue your passion, or engage in your high-pay-off, high-delight activities – then ask yourself why.

Even if you let go of one item (like cleaning your house) you’re proactively choosing the value of your time.   And choice is a game-changer.

2 – You resent people who don’t struggle.

This is a big one.

If you hold resentment for people who live life with joy, ease and success, this could be a sign that you are waiting for rescue. That just leads to more struggle.

Only YOU are in charge of whether or not you struggle.  Rescue yourself and learn what true empowerment feels like.

3 – You’re worried about the economy.

Waiting for the economy to get better before you’ll hire someone? Why not become a part of the solution and use your money to improve the economy?

While everyone else is pulling back and firing people – you can experience what it’s like to be the change you wish to see in the world!

4 – No one can do it as good as you.

If you just shouted “Amen Sister!” – then please step away from your computer. Go to the bathroom mirror. Look into your eyes and say the following aloud:

“I have a bit of a control issue.”

The belief that no one can do it better than you serves only to keep you in the role of the Martyr.  Unless you are, say, a brain surgeon, then there are many people who can (and will) do it as good as you. (And I doubt that brain surgeons run around cleaning the floor after surgery!)

5 – You’re playing not to lose.

Ask any coach or athlete about this.

When you play to not lose, all you’re doing is surviving, relying on yourself and hoping no one notices you.

When you play to win – you take risks, you keep your mental attitude strong, you rely on the team, you look for the goal.  Decide that you want to play to win.

6 – You’ve used this phrase at least once in the past month: “By the time I show someone how to do it, I could just do it myself.”

This is the mantra of someone who refuses to succeed. It’s the mantra of the struggle-addict.

Learning how to delegate is empowering. Not just for you, but for others as well. Besides, when you show them how to do it once, they can keep doing it so you don’t have to!

7 – You dread certain things so much that they don’t get done.

It’s okay to not enjoy certain aspects of your work or your life. This is the exact thing you can hire someone to do.

What items do you dread?  No matter what they are, when you get them off your plate, you’ll experience more energy just knowing they’re getting done – and you don’t have to worry about them anymore!


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  • Ingka Malten

    No. 4 got me to a T. Unfortunately my mirror did not give me any helpful hints how to deal with it. I have often had the experience that I initially assumed people will actually do it just as good as I – but unfortunately found that they very often didn’t. And that is a) frustrating, b) expensive and c) seems to confirm that No. 4 is actually true. (but only seems to – I am sure those people are out there somewhere).
    Christine, would you have any advice on how to get out of this loop and find those people who actually will do it as good as I do, or better?

  • Matt DiGeronimo

    Great advice, Christine. Thank you for sharing the guidance. I wrote a complementary article (similar title – “Fire Yourself”) that is complementary to yours. Could I ask you for your feedback? You can find the post here: http://www.smithfloyd.com/fireyourself/

  • Ben

    Definately Christine, i’d much rather do the things I enjoy that have more benefit to me such as using EFT on my limiting patterns and improving them so that I am more productive, working on my website, coaching people etc..

    But I am one of these people who wants to do everything myself.. so I have a few things to think about after this article. 🙂


  • Sukie Baxter

    My guilties are 5 and 6. Thanks for the gentle kick in the a**. On the up side, I did just hire a bookkeeper. Hallelujah!

  • Stephanie Treasure

    Great article Christine! Oh and BTW on #6 and #7 guilty as charged. But the first step to progress is recognizing the problem, right?