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Do You Need Help?

As humans, we will each be in a position at some point in time where we need help. Life situations get tough, and we can't do it alone.

But why do we think we can, and avoid asking for help?

From an early age, we are taught the lesson of giving with very few, except maybe writing thank you notes, lessons on how to receive. The idea of receiving (or taking) has often been seen as selfishness, and so we try to avoid it at all costs. Asking for help falls into this category.

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness; it’s actually a sign of strength. The key is to use the strengths you possess and leverage the talents of others in areas you don’t have a natural interest or capacity. Playing to your own strengths AND others’ strengths puts you in a win-win situation when asking for and offering help.

It should not feel uncomfortable because people love to help others. The human capacity for empathy -- the ability to put ourselves in others' shoes is one of our greatest defining features. When we help others, we feel like we're making a difference, and that gives us purpose and meaning in life.

So get out there. Start to practice asking for help on small things so you can see how easy it really is!


This Week's Focus:

This week, look at the areas in your life where you need help. Ask someone you know with those strengths to help, and/or ask people if they know who you can contact for help.

Click on the serenity sticky to print, cut and post on your bathroom mirror to remind you of this week's focus. Good luck!

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