“I know what I bring to the table… So trust me when I say I am not afraid to eat alone.” Anonymous
When you know your worth, your value, you don’t see yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you. The secret is to know your value even if they don’t.
Knowing your value is very important in many aspects. When you truly know your worth, you don’t waste your time on things that you shouldn’t be doing. Knowing your worth helps you improve your time management and delegation skills while helping you to improve your mastery. Let’s look at these two skills:
- Time Management Skill.
Success in life is determined by the ability to be make use of the resources you have on hand and time is one of those resources. We all wake up with the same twenty four hours in a day but when we sleep at night, some people have made more progress than others. Simply put, some people use their time more effectively and efficiently while others choose to waste it. The first person will live a great life while the other one will get angry with God for making life unfair.
Every day, you vote with your time of how you wish your life to be, wittingly or unwittingly. Do you choose to watch TV or pursue your goals? If you could design your life exactly the way you want it to be, what would that look like? What kind of work would you be doing every day? What kind of impact would you be making in the world? I invite you to stop imagining it and start living it instead because you absolutely have the potential to do that. Most people go through life as complete strangers to themselves, they never get to know their worth.
- Delegation Skill.
When you know your worth, you won’t waste your precious time trying to do everything there is to do, you’ll instead focus on what matters most while delegating those things that others can be able to do for you. So, when you know your worth, you learn to maximize you time and energy. You don’t optimize the wrong things. The ability to intelligently delegate the right task to the right person, in the right way while ensuring that it’s done is an absolute essential skill to develop. Like any other skill, I must emphasize this point here, delegation skill can be developed. If you don’t have it, especially in the work place, you cannot survive or succeed as a manager or executive. A manager or executive without this skill, must be replaced or carefully supervised because they’ll never get results through other people which is the definition of management.
Once again, delegation is a learnable skill and successful people are excellent at delegating and selecting the right people to work with and guide them until the task is completed. Delegating is surely not abdicating your responsibilities, but getting things done through others, especially those tasks that don’t need your special attention and energy.
These are the most valuable skills that anyone can acquire and they have the largest impact, both at a personal and professional life. Once you acquire them they stick with you for your entire life and will continuously improve the quality of your existence. Yes, they are difficult to master, but once you do, the rewards are endless.
Veli Ndaba is a Professional and Motivational Speaker, Life-Coach and Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Author of three books (You Are Born to Win, Your Dream is Calling You and SWITCH ON!), Newspaper Columnist and Entrepreneur. To book him to speak at your next event or to help you and your team unleash your greatness, contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org , www.velindaba.com or +27 83 304 9773