You’ve heard the saying “If you want something done right, do it yourself.”
This saying isn’t like the Golden Rule: “Treat others as you would like to be treated,” or James Dean’s well-known quote: “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” Living by these premises can bring about positive results in your life.
On the other hand, believing that you need to do everything yourself rather than trusting others to help can be detrimental to them and to you – both at work and at home.
At work. Do you find yourself having a hard time letting others carry out tasks you’ve assigned to them? While your desire to make sure things are done right is understandable, your employees will most likely perform better when you expect them to do well – and trust them to do what you’ve asked. Still not convinced? Check out these other compelling points in favor of delegating.
At home. Do you give your children chores but then just go ahead and do it before they have the chance? Do you rearrange the dishwasher after your spouse has loaded it? These actions can have undesirable consequences. Your children will come to assume that you will do everything. And your spouse will come to believe that you don’t trust them to do anything. In fact, children benefit from having chores. And you can’t complain that your spouse doesn’t do enough around the house when you don’t actually allow them to help.