How often do you hear yourself saying “It’s just easier to do it myself”?
Granted, you say it silently because you realize how disrespectful that is to your life partners – your spouse, your kids and your employees – but you think it anyway. Then, if you’re like me, you begin to feel guilty. You realize that you have not taken the time to share yourself with others. Your spouse doesn’t really understand how to support you, your children haven’t been shown how to contribute to the family and your employees feel powerless to bring their full potential into the business.
The saddest part of all this is no one is doing this on purpose. Everyone wants to bring their best and highest value to the world every day, but here’s the problem – are you ready?? None of them can read your mind!! I know, I know you are almost completely convinced that you’ve sent enough signals that they should already know what to do and yet, you still feel that it can all be done better if you just did it yourself.
Believe me, you are not alone. Most business owners feel the same way.
Everyone wants to bring their best and highest value to the world
You started your business alone. Maybe you had an assistant and certainly your spouse or partner has always been in your corner, but when you laid your head on the pillow at night you were keenly aware that it’s all you, friend – everyone is counting on you – now don’t mess it up! So you dug right in. Started getting stuff done and it worked. You got clients, your marriage remained largely intact and you still remember your children’s names – you are killing it!!!
Fast forward to today. You have a small but mighty team of dedicated folks, your partner sees just how many plates you’re juggling and the kids are watching you work while they grow up. And the worst part, you’re exhausted and are trying not to resent them all for not helping more even though you have no idea what that would look like.
There’s a world of difference between practices and processes.
Now, I’m going to share a secret. None of this has to be true ever again. Here’s why – no amount of hard work will replace processes. The first thing you think of when I say processes is “I have those. I am fully aware of how to do things – I’ve been doing them myself for years.” But, here’s the secret – there’s a world of difference between practices and processes. Practices are the things you repeatedly do, like making sure your suppliers get paid and your customers get billed. Processes are different, they are your practices documented and published, so that others can do them the same way every time!
Once your practices are converted into processes, you will never again say it’s easier to do it yourself. From then on you will have a step by step guide for others to follow, from long time employees to new hires. It allows your dedicated employees to delight you in their performance. They will feel valued when they’re able to remove stress from your life. You will have the time to read to your children before they’re too big to sit on your lap. You can indulge in the luxury of actually tasting the dinner that your wonderful partner made for you. And most importantly everyone will be able to deliver their best and highest value – every day!
We’d love to help you and your team transition from practice to process.
To your vision,