Have you ever felt stressed or overwhelmed – like the weight of the world was on your shoulders? Especially if you’re a leader, no matter how strong you are, you can only hold that weight, that stress, for so long! I want to share a concept called The Jethro Slap. By no means is this my original concept, but I have certainly experienced great breakthroughs in life, and in business, because of this story that actually comes straight out of the Bible.
The children of Israel had already left Egypt and were wandering in the wilderness. Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, was bringing Moses’ wife and 2 kids to meet up with Moses. When Jethro arrived, he was so blessed to see all the miracles that had happened.
The next day, Moses went to sit as a judge over the Israelites to listen to their disputes and to give his verdict. Jethro observed this and said, “What in the world are you doing? Why have you set this up where YOU have to be the one to listen to all of these cases and YOU have to be the person who judges them?”
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After observing this, Jethro advised Moses to create a team of leaders to work alongside him and shoulder part of the workload. Why? Because ALL of those people were totally dependent on ONE person. This is what I call “The Jethro Slap” and I want to share with you why this is such an important revelation.
What I see in my business consulting, as well as with a lot of mothers, is a mindset sounding like this: “I’m the ONLY one who can do my job. It is ALL my responsibility. I can’t trust anyone else to get the job done. If I want something done right, I have to do it myself.”
That mindset will lead to failure. This path leads to working 60, 80, even 100 hours per week. And let me ask you this simple question: If some crazy circumstance occurred, where you could no longer work tomorrow, what would happen? Would your business fall apart? If your skill sets end with you, you’re doing a great disservice to the marketplace… and the world as a whole. Your talents were given to you and developed in you by God, but they aren’t just for you! Those talents should be multiplied. If your talents and skills die with you, it all ends right there.
You have to understand there ARE other people who can do it and it might actually be time to delegate. There is no way you can get to where you truly want to go if you have all the problems of the world falling on your shoulders.
It all comes down to this: First, understand you are NOT supposed to carry all of the responsibilities on your own. Second, you are supposed to train up other people to bear the workload and to use their skills and abilities. Ego says you have to do it all. Wise leadership knows you can’t do it all alone.
This goes for business owners, parents and employees. What gifts and talents do you have you should pass on to other people? What tasks should you be delegating to other people, so you can work in your key competency area? What gifts and talents do you need to expand? This week we’re having a 10% off sale exclusively for The Daily Fix readers! Check out this hot bundle aimed at gaining success in every of your life and use the coupon code TDF10OFF to take advantage of this opportunity to duplicate yourself, your results and your success!
This whole concept of The Jethro Slap has helped me to be unusually successful in my businesses and in my family. So won’t you take a few minutes to share this message with your friends, family and coworkers today? Just share this via email or post this link on social media! And, please leave me your comments below… let me know how you’re duplicating yourself!
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