We’ve got your daily encouragement for Friday, August 28, 2020.
Today’s Athlete Word of the Day was written by Nate Hemphill.
READ: Exodus 18:21
Have you ever struggled with perfectionism? You like things to be done a certain way and if they aren’t done with the same attention to detail that you would do it, it just ain’t right! Maybe you struggle handing over the reins of responsibility to others because you don’t think they’ll care the same way that you do.
What happens over the course of time is you end up boxed into a self-imposed prison of less influence and impact because you’ve maxed out your capacity of time, resources and ability. You know that you need to get things off of your plate but you just can’t bear the thought of your high standard of excellence not being upheld.
Moses found himself in a similar predicament after leading the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt. You can read in Exodus 18 where Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, advises him that it’s time to begin delegating out responsibility. Moses up to that point was presiding over every issue and dispute for all of the Israelites.
Jethro warned his son-in-law that he was on a path to certain burnout if he didn’t make some changes. Not only was he risking burnout, but he was also capping out his effectiveness by being way too bogged down in the minutiae of the day-to-day to hear from God and effectively lead. So Moses took Jethro’s advice and appointed leaders from among the people to judge and preside over the issues of the day.
If you find yourself maxed out on time, energy, and resources, it might be time for you to consider delegation. Refuse the perfectionist curse of “if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself.” Look for ways to teach others what you know and your method for getting the job done. Challenge yourself to find ways to systematize your tasks and look for a motivated teammate who would be willing to take it on.
What low-level tasks are currently holding you back from reaching a higher level of impact? Make a list of these tasks and think about who you might train up to take it off of your plate.
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