Most of us are juggling lots of balls. Unfortunately, lots of us are juggling more than we can handle and balls are getting dropped. We need to find a way to get done what needs to get done.
So today I want to talk to you about strategic incompetence. There are lots of definitions out there, and I’m NOT talking about the manipulative one (you can look this up if you want). I’m talking about the one that frees you to accomplish the most important things. The things that will enable you to reach your goals. The things that will empower you to become the person you want to become. The one that says “I choose to fail at some things so that I can do the really important ones really well.”
We typically think of the phrase “I dropped the ball” as a negative, indicating our failure to meet a deadline, keep a commitment, complete a task. But what if we intentionally dropped a ball – or two – so that we could ensure the one(s) we really can’t afford to drop stay aloft? This intentional dropping of a ball is not failure. It is a strategic move that will allow forward movement toward your goal. And that, my friends, is the strategic incompetence I’m talking about.
Now as you practice strategic incompetence, you’ll get better at not even picking up those balls, but for now, let go of the less important stuff – guilt free – and focus on the ones that are most important! You’ll be glad you did.