Delegating tasks is always hard for me as a solopreneur. Maybe you can relate? I have a lot of tasks on my to-do list, and I feel like I’m the only one who can complete them correctly.
The result of this type of thinking adds stress and worry to my life and I know deep down if I were to embrace the art of delegating it would be a huge relief.
Easier said than done.
Why is it so hard for me to let go and delegate?
I think it boils down to these three points.
- Failure to plan
Delegation requires me to put in the time to plan for the future. To hand the baton to someone else, I have to think ahead. This can easily be resolved if I maintained diligent in my time management.
Can someone do the work as good as me? Absolutely not! Well..at least that’s the lie that I tell myself. Other people are capable of accomplishing tasks just as well as you and a lot of times they do an even better job. I know a lot of individuals who struggle with perfection, and if the work isn’t done just correctly it’s a complete waste of time.
To delegate, we have to humble ourselves and allow tasks to potentially not live up to how we would accomplish them. Perfection is your enemy.
Honestly, I’m afraid of being replaced.
Even in my own hustle!
If someone else can do what I’m doing, then what am I doing here?! However, this type of thinking isn’t visionary based. It’s fear driven. We can’t be leaders of our hustle if fear drives us. We have to be visionaries for our hustle. Perhaps God is calling us to a higher level, but we are limiting ourselves because of our fear.
Delegation is a discipline we have to learn. When we can say “no” to something good, it opens up more opportunities to say yes to greater things. Delegation allows us to empower other people to live to their potential that God has called them to. There is a reward in surrendering our control so that others may blossom into something great.
“It’s better to get ten to do the work than to do the work of ten men!”
What Does Scripture Say About Delegation?
Moses chose able men … made them heads over the people, Ex. 18:25.
Take you wise men … and I will make them rulers, Deut. 1:13.
Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, 1 Kgs. 4:7.
"And he said to him, 'Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten cities."
The Bible is chock full of delegation. There is something biblical and beautiful about delegating our tasks to others. In fact, when we open up Exodus 18 we have this story of Moses and his father-in-law, Jethro.
Jethro could see the strain on Moses and even gave him Godly advice by saying “and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rules of fifties, and rulers of tens. And let them judge the people at all times.”
Jethro essentially created a management system for Moses!
He realized that Moses couldn’t lead the thousands if he was only focusing on the tens.
Here are three practical reasons on why should start implementing delegation in your workflow.
You get to play a vital part in someone else’s spiritual walk. When empowering someone, it enables them to help your vision flourish.
2. Avoid Burnout
You can’t-do it all. Say that out loud. You are not Superman or Jesus. Heck, Jesus even had 12 disciples with him that he consistently gave tasks too. If Jesus needed to delegate the tasks to make his vision a reality what makes you think you don’t need to?
You can’t lead on empty.
By adding someone to your workflow and delegating tasks it opens up more time for you to be creative and dream. Your time is valuable treat it like currency.
What’s the worst thing that could happen if you did delegate?
Write your answer in the comments below.
May you say no to the good things and say yes to the great things. May the Lord grant you wisdom and may you be diligent in delegating your tasks. Embrace the fact that you need help.