Do you find it difficult to ask for help?
If you’re at all like me, asking for help does not come naturally. Giving help, sure. Asking for it? No way!
I’m not sure when this started. It’s been with me for as long as I can remember. Perhaps you can relate.
“Can I give you a hand with that?”
“Nah, I’m good.”
And the next thing you know, that load you are carrying comes crashing to the ground. If only you had accepted that offer of assistance.
I am starting to come around. In small ways, here and there, I am allowing others to provide assistance. In some cases I am even asking for it.
And guess what? Nothing bad has happened. My friends are not running away in terror, viewing me as some selfish jerk who is constantly asking for things. Rather, the opposite is happening. My friends continue to offer MORE help.
What? How can that be?
Think about it. When a friend asks you for your help, how does that make you feel? If you’re like most people, it feels good. It feels like you are valued by your friend.
Sure, there are situations (like non-profit groups to which we belong) where it just feels like one more thing being added to our plates. But, that’s not the kind of thing I’m talking about.
When a friend, or someone you respect, asks you for your help, it feels good. We feel honored to have been asked.
You can honor your friends in exactly the same way. Show them how much you respect their opinion by asking for it. Show them how much you respect their ability to do whatever it is that they do well by asking them for their help.
Do a friend a favor – ask them for their help.