One of the hardest things to do in life is asking others for help. The reason for this is because it makes us feel dumb and embarrassed and that we are powerless to do things all on our own. We believe that needing help makes us vulnerable and that it risks tarnishing the self-image of strength, intelligence, and durability we project onto the world. However, this is just a misinterpretation because we hugely underestimate the extent to which others are willing to go to help you out.
Everyone understands and can relate when others go through tough times because everyone has been there before. So, the next time you feel as though you’re struggling with something, keep in mind these 10 reasons why it’s okay to ask for help from others.
It will give you a break
No matter what we do in life, whether it is chasing our dream aspirations, or bumping into adversities while at work, or endeavoring on understanding a certain subject so a paper can be written before the deadline, we all hit a breaking point in which we feel as though we can’t catch a break. But life isn’t about burdening yourself with everything. There are people, friends, and families who are willing to share your load to help you meet what you set out to achieve. When you ask them for help and assistance, you will be able to breathe a sigh of relief.
You will feel empowered to return the favor
There is strength and empowerment when people help each other. For instance, when you ask someone for assistance to get you through your crisis, their help will give you a sense of security and connectivity that elevates your soul to become a caring and confident person. Thus, the next time someone or a friend is in need of help, you will feel inclined to reciprocate the favor without the need for recognition and praise because of the generosity you received from them in the past. By asking others for help, it will not only give you strength and confidence but to those around you as well.
Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness
There are many, including myself, who have this type of mentality in which asking for help is a sign of weakness as they see it as letting their guard down. You could have done everything to hold your life together without ever needing help from others. But what happens when you hit an event where you need assistance to overcome it? The fear of losing your pride and power in your strength and abilities become apparent. It may make you think you’re dumb and weak, but asking for help is a sign of bravery. When you ask for help, you are admitting to yourself that life is not easy and that you want to be your best self, no matter what. People will see this as courageous and will be inclined to help you.
It will help you stop procrastinating
When you’ve reached a wall in your path, and you don’t seek out help or assistance to get you to break through the hurdle, you will end up like most who just procrastinates. When people see a problem that they can’t solve at the moment, they waste their time doing other things believing a solution will eventually come into their minds. Sure, the solution to the problem may come, but the question is when? In reality, procrastination happens because of fear of not knowing enough to attack the problem and find a solution. When you ask someone for help, the fear becomes less, and you will gain a different perspective in solving the problem.
It can lead you to make important connections
Another reason it’s okay to ask for help from others are the benefits that come with it. One of the benefits is that it can pave way for making connections. You start to build a relationship around those who have given their assistance to you which, over time, develops into a bond that becomes stronger and familiar. Just imagine the serendipitous moment when you ask someone, such as your boss or superior or wise friend, to help you out and they becoming your lifelong mentor in guiding you on your path.
Asking for help results in learning more and expanding your ideas
It is a fact that everyone has their own, unique way of looking at things in life. Therefore, every time you ask help from others, and not just one person, you will be able to process fresh information to a problem that can give you a vast array of solutions. Furthermore, it enables you to expand your ideas and to see a better and a more creative way to future problems. As a result of this, it develops your critical thinking.
Asking for help is an important skill to have
When you’re unable to let go of your pride and ego to ask someone for assistance, you lose the ability to communicate your ideas to another person. It’s imperative to understand that going through things alone takes a tremendous toll on your mind and body. It also discourages others from helping you out because you don’t trust them. As a result, this leads you to become alone and bitter and unhappy. So, it’s okay to ask for help from others because it will enrich your life and make you happy.
People want to help and feel useful
In general, people like to help and be of assistance. There are so many news stories that highlight Good Samaritans going out of their way to help others in their time of need. There’s a correlation between selfless acts and happiness, and I believe people find it gratifying to making someone’s life a little easier. Therefore, there should not be any shame or embarrassment when asking others for help because more often than not, people just want to help and feel useful.
You will develop an appreciation for others
The thing about asking and receiving help from others, and vice versa, is that the more you do it, the more you will start seeing the appreciation others have for you to be successful. Also, when you start to give back, they, too, will see that as evidence that reinforces your nature in wanting to see them succeed. Thus, the way I see it, asking for help from others sets off a chain reaction that strengthens everyone to appreciate one another.
Everybody needs a helping hand at one point in their life
It goes without saying that everyone will need help in their life. Even if you haven’t reached a point where you need help from others, I guarantee you that there always will come a time where you will have to seek out assistance and connect with other people to gain allies to further yourself in life. Nobody in the history of mankind accomplished wonders on their own. So, why shouldn’t you? Don’t hold back and beat yourself up when you’re stuck on something, ask someone to help you out.