My very first house had a big lawn.
I mowed it myself. (I prided myself on being a tried-and-true DIY gal.)
I hated mowing the lawn. I dreaded it all week. I was always happy once it was finished… but I started dreading it again the very next day!
At that time, I was just beginning to Uplevel my business, which required that I view my time differently.
I realized that the simple act of writing content or creating a product could, in the long run, pay me WAY more than the short-term money I saved by mowing my own lawn.
So – even though I was scared – my first hire was a lawn guy. Sounds simple, but that taught me how to value the Return on Investment of my genius work.
These days I have an in-house team working for me at Uplevel World Headquarters. Delegation is no longer a question mark.
But I do work with clients and students who need to hire people – sometimes for the first time. They resist. They fight. They wonder if it’s time. And they wonder if they should pay for work they feel they “could” or “should” do themselves.
I tell them there are signals that it’s time to hire someone. Here they are:
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 keep trying to get good at what you were born to suck at.
The Quickbooks tutorial you’re taking?
The “How to Be Your Own Accountant” book you’ve been trying to read?
The “Guide to Creating an Operations Manual” you’re plugging away at?
Unless you are an accountant, a bookkeeper or an operations manager – these are things you – face it – were born to suck at.
But I’ll bet you are masterful at the things you were born to do!
Hire all that other stuff. (Yes, you can start small.)
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 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!
Share with me, my peeps! Which signal is on your radar right now? And who are you going to hire?