Throughout your day people will offer to help you. Someone might offer to help you with something little, like putting your plates away after a WOD. Or, maybe someone will offer to help you tackle a project you’ve been stressing out about.
When someone offers to help you out, how often do you say something like
“Nah, I’m cool, thanks though”
“I’m good, I can handle it”
“Don’t worry about it, I got this”
“No, really, I don’t need your help” ?
I’m taking a wild guess that you aren’t very good at accepting help. Think of how much you enjoy lending a hand to someone else. Each time you refuse help, you are robbing someone of the opportunity to feel good about themselves. In a way, you are rejecting an opportunity to build a stronger relationship with someone. You’re shutting down an opportunity to connect and to learn. You are potentially even being bull-headed and selfish if you continue to refuse help.
Here’s your challenge (mine too) – try it a few times this week
- When someone offers you assistance, instead of reacting quickly with one of the lines above (refusing help), try saying “sure, I’d really appreciate it”, and see where that takes you