Delegating is often easy especially if you have someone to whom you can delegate. But being willing to ask others for support tends to be more difficult as we think we should be able to handle everything ourselves. We pride ourselves on looking, acting and being capable and independent. We tend to do things ourselves without involving outside support.
When I moved from a PC to a MAC computer last summer, I discovered the ease and joy of just asking Apple techs the questions I had vs. struggling to figure them out myself. What a gift. It was simple and effective. Apple understands customer service.
In the Next Action model, “can it be delegated?” is one of the first questions. I am now integrating a new aspect to my Next Action process if I notice something not moving by asking “who can I ask to assist me with this?”
For example, on my errands list was this item: going to Home Depot or Lowe’s to get a new faucet for my bathroom sink. I noticed I wasn’t doing it and mostly it was because I was not being clear about what I really needed. So I asked my friend, Justin, to come to my house and look at the sink and advise me on getting the right faucet to fit my old sink. He was more than willing.
He came by and gave me the information I needed to go shopping. Now I could move on it with confidence. And then out of the blue, a couple hours later, he texted me two photos of possible faucets from Home Depot. One was perfect and he picked it up for me. The following day he came by to drop it off, and the next thing I knew, he was installing it. Again, what a gift! In less than 24 hours I had a new faucet installed simply by being willing to ask for support with just the first step.
That willingness to ask created the opening to receive (and in this case a lot more than I asked for). I wonder how many things could be completed with greater ease and grace if we were willing to ask for support.
It’s all for the asking.
1. Look at something that has been on your action list a while anddetermine if there is someone you could ask to support you in completing it.
2. Think of asking for support as a form of assisting another in giving.
3. Randomly offer your support to someone.
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