The Lazy Genius Way author, Kendra Adachi, is an Enneagram 1 and a former perfectionist who eventually had to give up on the notion that she had to be a genius about everything.
She gives practical advice on how to surrender the belief that you have to excel at everything you do, shows you how to decide what to become a genius at, what to be lazy about and how to dismiss the negative voices in your head.
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Insights From Kendra
1. You can’t be all things to all people
As an organization, if you have too many initiatives, you can really confuse your team and your customers. Sure, you think, “Let’s be the best at this! And the best at that! And the best with this!” But when you try to do all of these things, it can muddy the mission. Your team may say, “Wait, what is it we do here?”
Ask yourself, “What matters most?” When you prioritize what matters most, it helps clarify all your decisions.
2. Let someone else be a genius about what you’re lazy at
You can’t be a genius about everything. You sure can try, but it will likely exhaust you.
A better approach, Kendra suggests, is to let others be a genius about what you’re lazy at. Don’t like mowing the yard? Let a landscaper do that. Wish you were a master gardener (but you’re not) and could grow your own tomatoes? Get your produce from the farmer’s market. When you let go of being a genius about things you aren’t, you allow others to focus on their giftings, and you can spend more time being a genius about the things you do well.
3. Schedule rest
When you’re in charge of a business or your church, overworking is often rewarded. We glamorize the hustle. Or, maybe we put the pressure on ourselves—because if we’re not doing the extra work to build our businesses or grow our organizations, who else is?
But, when you aren’t rested, your team is likely not getting your best. And your team needs you. This is why Kendra suggests you schedule rest so that you’re guaranteed to do it. Because when you are a rested leader, you are a better leader.
Hear Carey and Kendra discuss more of her Lazy Genius Principles in the episode.
Quotes from Episode 439
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