You Can’t Outsource Your Pushups

By March 13, 2018Church, Leadership

As the senior leader in our organization, I am a firm believer in delegation of tasks and the development of talent. For us to grow and expand, I must be comfortable with a shrinking knowledge of every detail regarding every activity that we are involved in. Someone must know — but it doesn’t (and shouldn’t) be me.

To help streamline our operations, we also outsource various functions such as facilities management, payroll, and even video work. This allows us to keep our costs down while also focusing on our strengths.

While there are many things you can effectively hand-off or outsource to someone else, there are things that you cannot.

  • Brushing your teeth.
  • Asking your girlfriend to marry you.
  • Naming your children.

It’s possible you might become so rich that you could afford a personal tooth-brushing assistant; however, I’d recommend you not outsource the other two. And even if you could afford the extra hand, it still might be better to brush your own teeth.

When it comes to your personal growth and development, it’s wise to seek council, to find a coach or trainer. I’ve been mentored by hundreds of great minds through books, articles, and blog posts. Over the years I have been blessed by participating in networking and mastermind groups.

But the most mature and effective people I’ve encountered also know that there are certain areas of growth and development you can’t outsource to someone else.

I can’t outsource personal discipline. I can’t hire someone to wake up for me, drink my coffee, and conduct my morning routine of praying, meditating, and reading. I am the one responsible for when I go to sleep, and when I wake up.

I can’t outsource developing good habits. It’s humorous to think I could lose weight by paying someone to eat healthy while I continue on my Krispy Kreme donut diet. No one else can walk for me, eat for me, or rest for me. I am responsible for my habits.

I can’t outsource my own learning. Book summaries are great. I read book reviews on a regular basis. But neither of these can replace the benefit of sitting down with a book and doing your own deep thinking. Teachers and authors are there to help you learn, but they cannot make you learn.

I can’t outsource my dreams. Well, you can. You can outsource your dreams and simply follow someone else’s dream. You can rely on other people telling you what to do or not to do. You can be a chaser — chasing after the latest shiny object. But what you won’t find on the other side of the rainbow is fulfillment and satisfaction.

I can’t outsource personal accountability. Let me put that another way: The devil didn’t make me do it — I did it all by myself. Granted, there are people who outsource personal accountability all the time. These are the people we don’t like to be around.

You can’t outsource your pushups and expect to strengthen your muscles .A healthy, growing person knows the difference between what you can delegate to someone else and what you must do for yourself.

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  • 25 years of senior leadership in a local church
  • adjunct instructor (public speaking)
  • presenter at the WFX National Conference
  • president, Church Planters of the Rockies
  • helped start 2 for-profit tech companies

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