As we kick off a new year, there is an aura of excitement in the air. People feel more optimistic and renewed about the year ahead. I’ll admit I definitely get caught up in the “spirit” of the new year season.
One of my favourite things to do at this time of year is a reflection on key lessons learned over the past 12 months.
For me, one of my most important areas of focus was in the area of delegation and non-interference. In other words, I focused on allowing things to happen and did my best to avoid my need to control everything.
If I had to give myself a score out of 10, I would say I only achieved about a level 5.
- I hired more people to help with various aspects of my business and did a good job allowing them to operate without micro managing.
- I would check email way too often mainly because I want to be as highly responsive to my customers as humanly possible. The problem with this, is that I would sometimes check email obsessively and it would interfere with my productivity.
These are just 2 examples of many from my business life alone.
There were other areas, like in my personal life, where I really worked on allowing things to happen. For example, in the past I had a bad habit of getting really uptight and rushed whenever we had to travel somewhere as a family. I would feel the need to rush, to avoid letting cars cut in front of me and so on.
I made some improvements in this area by using various trips and outings to practice just being ok with being late and getting cut off in traffic if that happened to be in the cards.
The art of “non-interference” is still a work in progress in my life but I feel like it is more important than ever before. I will continue to be productive, work hard and progress towards my goals, but as I learn to “allow” things to happen without feeling the need to control everything, I will become more relaxed, and hence, more healthy both mentally and physically.
From a long term success stand point, I feel like this one personal improvement could make a world of difference.
How well do you handle delegation and non-interference in your life?