You Can’t Do It All Alone
When you are trying to reach your goals in life—whether it is going back to school and getting your degree, getting a promotion, or reaching the next level in your relationship—you have to feel comfortable with asking for help. We’ve all heard the phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. But more importantly, the people building the city of Rome didn’t do it alone. Even the best leaders need to have people that they can trust and confide in, and experts that they can consult with. When you try to reach your goals by yourself, you often find that you make more mistakes than you would have if you sought out other perspectives. No matter what your goals are, you can find others who can help you in your endeavors. Whether you talk to your family, friends, co-workers, or life coach, you need someone that you can trust who will help you achieve.
Learn To Engage Others
Talking about your goals and your problems isn’t always easy. That’s why most people don’t seek out help. They fear that their dreams will be rejected, and that they will be told their goals are a waste of time. You have to get past this fear. No matter what anyone says, your dreams are worthwhile. If someone disagrees, then you can always find another confidante that believes in you and your vision. Getting past that fear of rejection can be difficult, but once you do, you’ll be more open to share your dreams with the world. Engaging others can help you find other likeminded individuals who would like to achieve similar goals. For example, if you are thinking of establishing a new company, perhaps sharing your ideas can help you find partners who would like to work with you.
Asking For Help Isn’t a Failure
Too many people see asking for help as a failure. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Asking for help is a sign of strength. It is a sign that you have done sound analysis and found that you need an extra hand if you want to get any further. A stubborn individual might press on by themselves, remaining inefficient in their efforts. The person that doesn’t seek out help is more likely to fall short. But when you admit that you need and want help, you open yourself up to a host of new possibilities. Other people have different perspectives and can think of potential solutions that you might have never considered.
Success Is a Group Effort
The biggest and most successful organizations in the world—from companies like Apple to entire countries such as the United States—are group efforts. Although one person is the face of the organization, there are a plethora of employees, board members, advisors, and consultants who make the entire organization successful. Even in your individual efforts, you should make sure that you have people around you that you can trust and lean on for advice. And if you don’t have someone like that in your life, you should seek them out. Success is much more likely to come when you aren’t working alone.
Regina Fasold is a seasoned Executive Coach and Leadership Expert. Her extensive professional background and her 10+ years of experience as a Global Executive Coach have allowed her to assist over 300 senior executives in corporations throughout the United States and in over 25 countries around the world.