It is actually a sign of strength to be able to say, “I am not sure how to balance this on my own.” - Never a sign of weakness
One reason asking for help is difficult, is that many people have never been taught how to ask properly. So we do it poorly, sometimes using guilt or coercion. We may ask the wrong person and we might have felt humiliated asking for help in the past, so we fear doing it in the future.
Tips on asking for help:
- Identify the problem and ask for help early
- Pick up on cues — is that an enthusiastic or a reluctant yes?
- Say thanks when the agreement is struck, when the need has been met and when you next see the person who helped you.
H ave realistic expectations for the kind of help you are seeking
E xpress your needs simply and clearly
L et others know you are there to help them as well
P raise people for their assistance and pat yourself on the back for asking for help