Learning to Let Go is the Key to Success

February 11, 2013 by Lynn Faughey

So far in 2013 I’ve hit the ground running, which is great.  However, on the downside, it’s almost March and I have no idea where January and February went.  I really don’t want to be writing this newsletter in December thinking, “where did the whole year go?”.  As I stop to catch my breath I’m realizing that nothing is going to change unless I change it.  As much as I love to have my hands in everything and enjoy a good challenge, it’s also good to recognize when my plate is full.    

I recently read an article in Inc. by Geoffrey James regarding how sometimes being successful means letting things go.  It reinforced a lot of what I already know but need to be reminded of from time to time. In the past I’ve written about micromanaging and how counterproductive it can be.  James points out how important it is – especially for managers – to delegate.  Finding success means recognizing when to let go of tasks and responsibilities.

Most of the really successful people I know are risk takers. They’re willing to take chances and they don’t dwell on their past mistakes.  James also discusses how in order to be able to achieve success you have to keep moving forward – you can’t waste time worrying about how things could have turned out. Learn from how they did turn out and move on. When making a risky decision I like to ask myself, “what’s the worst thing that could happen?”.  By being overly caught-up on the details and by micromanaging everything to perfection, you’re essentially treading water – wasting a lot of energy and getting nowhere.  Definitely not the key to success.  It’s so important to be able to let go in order to actually move forward.

The good news for all of us overachievers is we really don’t have to do it all. We may like to, we may want to, but we don’t need to.  Not if we really want to move ahead with our careers or our lives.  We all know it, we just need to be reminded every now and again.  So, take a deep breath, delegate a few tasks and keep forging ahead!


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