I Bet You Don’t Do This Well

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

One Comment on “I Bet You Don’t Do This Well

BA Henson
June 16, 2014 at 8:23 PM

I like this. My family always says it is rude to refuse the generosity of another. You can give by allowing yourself to take. And then you pass it along whenever the opportunity arises. Like a skillset, you can train yourself to recognizing these opportunities. Makes for a slightly kinder world.


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