“The best advice I can give to anyone going through a rough patch is to never be afraid to ask for help.” Demi Lovato
Asking for help when you are running a business can be one of the most difficult things to do for several reasons. We may have been taught that it’s a sign of weakness, or we fear we are a burden to others. During my business journey, I can remember many times that I have asked for help, whether it be with childcare, practical, or financial help. Sometimes I honestly fear that people would assume that my life was out of control or I was not coping. I didn’t want people to worry about me.
If you have a fear of asking for help, I would suggest the following advice:
- Make a list of the friends and family in your circle who you can ask for help. Highlight the names of those who have offered you help in the past.
- List the things you need help with, such as childcare or practical errands like cooking, cleaning, and walking the dog.
- Match the names to the particular task you need help with.
- Find out the person’s availability as to when they can help you.
- When asking for help, be direct, specific, and realistic about the help you need.
- People love helping others, not only does the act strengthen relationships, it makes the helper feel good about themselves for doing a service.
- Don’t be a martyr and get over yourself because no one gets anywhere alone. You cannot and should not do everything yourself. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Asking for help clears space for you and frees your time and energy so that you can give focus to more important tasks you need to undertake.
- When you ask for help and support, you maintain focus and energy and create more flow, making your business journey a more enjoyable one.
- When you ask for help, you create opportunities for others to share their knowledge and experience.
- When you ask for help, you allow others to experience the happiness that comes from giving.