How can I ask for help?
Updated: Aug 11
In the world of work and personal relationships, it can be hard to ask for help. We want to prove that we're independent and capable, but feeling like we need assistance isn't a weakness — it's a sign of strength! Asking for help doesn't mean you're incompetent or not doing your job, so let go of those fears and reach out for assistance when you need it.
Here are some tips on how to ask for help effectively:
1. Stop trying to do it all.
You can't do it all alone. You're not Atlas, carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. You have a people who love you, and they want to help you out. Let them! It's okay to ask for help, even if that means asking someone to take over tasks you don't want to do yourself (or perhaps haven't the time for).
You need to delegate your work load if you want to make progress at home and work! Delegating doesn’t mean dumping more work on someone else; instead, it means breaking up responsibilities so that everyone feels involved in an important part of something larger than themselves—and enjoys their role along the way!
2. Find the right person to ask.
It's important to find someone who is the right fit for your task. If you're looking for help with something complicated, it makes sense to seek out an expert in that field. You cannot to it all, you have a zone of genius and you need to focus on this. If you need help with your website, or administration find someone who has those skills as their zone of genius!
3. Ask for what you need.
Ask for what you need, not what you think they can do. Getting help is about taking things off your plate, not fitting things into someone else's expertise.
4. Asking for help can feel hard, but it's worth doing if you need it
Asking for help is hard. It's even harder if you're used to doing everything on your own, or if your job is something that feels like a part of your identity. But it's an important skill—and one that will make you better at your job overall.
If you want to be able to ask for help, there are a few things you can do:
Be open about it. Let people know that they can come talk with you about anything related to work, and also explain why that's important. You may find this helps build trust.
Learn how delegating works so that when someone asks what they need from others on their team, they have an answer ready!
We’re all human, and we all need help sometimes. Even if you don’t think you need it, ask someone anyway. You might be surprised by how much easier it is to get the job done when you don’t have to do everything yourself!
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