What happens when you take time out of your business?
I ask because recently an Opulence member needed time off for an operation.
He was worried his business would practically burn to the ground without him.
When he was in hospital, his emails got taken care of. Nothing dramatic happened without him...
But when he came back?
All of a sudden everything landed on his desk again.
His team didn’t bother to solve their own problems (although they did when he was away).
Instead, they took the path of least resistance.
It was easier to dump stuff on him – because he let them.
He had basically trained his team to rely on him to solve their problems for them.
You see, we train the universe how to treat us.
If you’re always jumping up to help put out fires... you’ll become the fireman (or firewoman) everyone looks to when sh*t goes wrong.
If you take on the responsibility for everything in your business... not only will you burn out, but your business will NOT be able to grow.
Because your business cannot grow beyond your own limits. (That’s why we have staff to do the things we don’t have the time or skill for.)
But if you ‘train’ your staff to look to you to fix their problems... they’ll stop thinking for themselves.
Not only that, but they’ll lose interest in their job, because they have no real responsibility, which in turn robs them of job satisfaction.
Just because you are the head of your business, does NOT mean that every little thing is your responsibility.
Obviously, as the head of your business, in terms of the ‘big’ issues, the buck stops with you.
But until you learn to let go of the responsibilities your team are supposed to be accountable for in their roles... your business will never grow to its fullest potential.
Think about it....
What would happen if you didn’t make yourself so available for problem solving?
What would happen if you stopped putting out fires for those around you, and put the responsibility on others to fix their own stuff?
Would your business burn to the ground?
Or would the work still get done?
Would your staff take responsibility for their roles?
Or would they sit around and toast marshmallows?
Either way, have YOU created this situation.
And you can change it any time you like.
P.S. If your team are a bunch of marshmallow toasters, let me know – I’d love to give you some quick tips on turning that situation around...