There is a common myth that individuals achieve success in their personal and professional lives with little effort and absolutely no help whatsoever. Nothing could be further from the truth. Individuals who have successful personal lives have a close, caring and supportive circle of family, friends and others that are significant to them. The most powerful and successful individuals in the political and corporate worlds have an army of people who offer advice and support to help set direction, make decisions, handle problems and deal with the expected and the unexpected.
Even the most successful individuals experience periods in their personal and professional lives when things do not go according to plan or where they feel uncertain about what course of action is ideal for the familiar or unfamiliar situation that they encounter in their life, career, business, country or corporation. These individuals often feel so powerful and unstoppable that they neglect to ask for help until it is far too late in the game.
If you are working as a business owner, entrepreneur or an employee in an organization or experiencing a transition in your personal or professional life, you can ask for help to grow your business, expand your network, succeed in your role or navigate your transition.
You may be afraid to ask for help because you don’t want to appear weak and vulnerable especially if you are perceived to occupy a position of power and prestige. I believe that you appear strong and certain when you can say the four of the most powerful and productive words in the English language: “I need your help” or ask “Can you help me?”.
Before you ask for help, you must plan and prepare with care. You must plan who and when you will ask for help then prepare what help you want to ask for from them. It is important to remember that the more specific that you are in the beginning, the more help that you will receive in the end.
If you are committed to being a success in your personal and professional lives, then ask for help. If you are committed to showing your success in your personal and professional lives, then offer to help.