Pain or fatigue, common symptoms when you live with a chronic illness, can make working difficult or nearly impossible.
My clients living with chronic illness have held jobs from one end of the employment spectrum to the other — people who work in call centers, secretaries, truckers, self employed, not employed but looking, teachers, lawyers, doctors, business leaders, business owners.
What do they share? They can no longer do what they once could. Sometimes that’s a permanent state. Other times, it waxes and wanes.
When my client, Susie Q., told me that she is working about 20% of what she once did, even I was surprised by how little she can do. Susie is very ill with chronic pancreatitis. As the owner of a successful retail company, she’s able to keep her position even when she’s doing significantly less. But she knows this can’t go on forever.
Susie recognizes that she has to turn over most of the work to others so more will get done. But she doesn’t know how or where to do this. She freely admits that she’s uncomfortable delegating or sharing her workload.
And so it is with difficulty that Susie is developing her capacity to let others do more. She’s practicing the art of delegation. I shared with her a quote that a CEO of a Fortune 50 company, a woman who is perfectly healthy, told me several years ago. A mother of three children who is extremely successful in a highly competitive world, she lives by this motto:
“Only do what only you can do.”
I took this to heart in my own life. I’ve shared this quote with those who tell me they have neither the energy nor the time to get their work done. Here again we see that it doesn’t matter whether you’re sick or healthy. Life requires that we develop new muscles. Here’s one muscle worth toning.
Rosalind aka cicoach.com