Asking for Help is Essential for Our Modern Times

Humans evolved to be the high functioning and social beings. Imagine, where would the human race be if we didn’t have our neighbors to help protect us from predators, or if we didn’t have each other to exchange goods in times of resource scarcity?

We are a social species that rely on cooperation and meaningful relationships to survive, and while our problems have surely evolved from our hunter and gathering days, our need for others, and their help, remains the same.

Learn the importance of asking for help and how it is essential for growth, so that you can not only survive the modern age, but thrive in it too.

Asking for Help is Synonymous with Personal Growth

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By asking for help, we give ourselves the chance to be vulnerable.

Being vulnerable isn’t always easy, but as you show yourself vulnerable, you give others the chance to do the same.

This will lead to forming stronger bonds and building trust with those around you, and those you ask for help.

Better yet, as you become more comfortable in your own vulnerability, you begin a journey of personal growth. Exploring reserved emotions and pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone are keys to individual improvement.

The more you grow to your utmost potential, the more success you’ll find, and the happier you’ll be.

Go ahead and ask for help on the next work assignment that puzzles you, or social situation that has you unsure of how to act, and experience the personal growth that will begin to prosper.

Cultivate a Growth Mindset with Guidance from Others

Far too often we feel that asking for help is a sign of weakness. This type of held belief is considered a fixed mindset, and fixed mindsets hinder growth. Asking for help takes courage, and acknowledgement that we’re smart enough to know that we don’t know everything.

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By taking the step to ask for help, you challenge your fixed beliefs, and allow yourself to see that asking for help is acceptable, beneficial, and even normal.

This sensible step forward is a display of a growth mindset, which in turn will open new doors, and spark newfound open mindedness, curiosity, and creativity.

Improve Self-Esteem by Finding a Performance Coach

A performance coach is someone who facilitates in the development and action planning of another, that way beneficial changes can be made accordingly.

Finding someone with the right set of skills for a difficult task at hand, and choosing to accept his or her help, will make you more efficient and successful in the completion of that daunting task.

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In turn, completing that task will greatly increase your self-esteem. Self-esteem will continue to increase as productivity does too, simply by finding someone who can help you become unstuck, and assist with removing obstacles in your way.

Use Mindshine’s exercises to create a vision of your best future self, and then find that performance coach in your life to help you achieve and commit to each small step towards that vision. Remember, small steps reach big goals.

Giving and Receiving Help Sparks a Positive Attitude

When was the last time that you helped someone? Did it feel good?

That’s because research shows that helping others makes us feel better about ourselves. Helping stimulates the same areas of the brain as eating, and other feel good activities.

As mentioned earlier, asking for help, and giving it, builds trust and fosters a stronger relationship, so the more you ask others for help, the more inclined they’ll be to ask you for the same.

You’ll develop a positive attitude as you find yourself dedicating your time to others, and your interest and appreciation will be reciprocated.

Another benefit of helping others is that it will make you happier.

“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody”. – Chinese saying

Main Takeaways

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Few people can do extraordinary things completely alone. Becoming a lifelong learner as you work towards your goals takes time, effort, and help from others.

As a species, we thrive on human connection, in multiple aspects of our lives. So, the next time you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Give yourself permission to experience growth, by accepting help from a helping hand.

An additional way to ensure you are incorporating reframing and establishing a growth mindset is through going to the Mindshine app (iOS or Android) or reading the Magazine.

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