Growing Pains: How Hard is Letting Go?

In a few weeks our next 12-week business accelerator online course will be starting. It is a program where we deliver learning modules and meet bi-weekly with the students in the course. For this course, I will be practicing the art of letting go as I am handing a lot of the duties over to my community manager and head coach Jen McDonough.

Jen is a graduate of the course who has shown herself to be highly capable, uber talented, and thoroughly knowledgeable about both the course material and the industry. In fact, I am pretty sure in the past some of the students have liked Jen more than me! My job now is to let go of the reigns to let Jen shine. I have to set my ego (and my control freak) aside.

letting go in order to grow

While I know it is essential to do this for the growth of my business, it is not easy!!!

Are you letting go when you need to?

For each of us, there comes a time when we know it is in the best interest of our business (and ourselves) to let go of certain tasks and responsibilities. That, however, doesn’t mean we always do that. To that point, let’s talk about the cost of not letting go for a minute.

By hanging on too tightly to all of the aspects of your business and doing everything yourself, you really cannot grow. 

How can we take all of the pieces of the old business with us when attempting to get to a new level? Imagine yourself dragging everything along behind you; it will simply slow you down, or cause you to fail. It is like trying to climb a mountain by yourself with a ton of equipment and no help. It is nearly impossible.

letting go so you aren't held back

So, for those of you who are in a growth mode, I would encourage you to start to let go of control. Start with something small so that you can practice. Outsourcing just a little bit at a time with the things on your task list that you can easily pass along to someone else is a great place to start.

For those of you who have set up your business so that it is you and only you trading your time for money, what if someone else could accurately and effectively relay your knowledge, just as I am doing with Jen? Just some serious food for thought depending on how much you want to grow and how quickly you would like to get to that next level.

For me, if I can just keep my eye on the ball for the next 12-week course and not let fear and ego get in the way, I will be in great shape to grow my business. Jen can take care of our group of emerging Speakers, and I can be in charge of seasoned speakers, large events, and mastermind groups. That is the direction that I want to go, and I know it is not going to be easy. It is going to cost me money, and as a leader, I am going to have to exercise some restraint and not step on Jen’s toes. But if it takes me and my business in the direction I am charging towards, it will all be worth it.

What do you need to let go of to move to the next level in your business? Please drop us a comment below; we would love to hear what you are struggling with or what you have successfully let go of!

See you soon, Wealthy Speakers.

Jane Atkinson

 

 

 

PS: If you are an emerging speaker and want to accelerate your growth, check out our Wealthy Speaker U 12-Week Business Accelerator course that starts on September 21st.

  • Great post Jane…..it is the ONLY way to grow. I am doing a course at ADMC on “How to Build a Consulting Business to Sell” (When you ARE the Business). One piece of advice is just what you mentioned (letting go). My four favorite words for growth are: HIRE/TRAIN/TRUST/PRAISE. It’s the best and scariest thing a business owner MUST do. Jen will be GREAT and you will say: Why didn’t I do that years ago?

    • speakerlauncher

      Thanks Linda, that’s some good advice!

    • david darab

      Hi, Linda! I am taking Jane’s Speaker Launcher Course! Thank you for your direction and encouragement! Yes, Hire Right and Train, Train, Train if you wish your employees to function independently! No amount of Training will fix or repair hiring the Wrong Person!

      • speakerlauncher

        Woo hoo David, excited to have you on board!

      • So glad you are onboard, David…Jane’s the BEST!