When to Ask for HelpApr 13, 2023
Have there been times when you felt overwhelmed and like you were carrying too much on your own? It is normal to feel this way at some points; however, knowing when to ask for help is also essential. Seeking help when needed can make a huge difference in our lives by allowing us to take on tasks more confidently and efficiently. This blog post will explore the importance of asking for help and provide tips on recognizing when to seek assistance.
There are times when our skills and knowledge may not be enough.
We all have to deal with various things in our lives. We have daily responsibilities for our family and others committed to, and there's also our work. Sometimes, things can get overwhelming, and our capabilities may not be enough to handle situations anymore. Also, even if we don't feel overwhelmed and are not too busy, there may be some tasks and challenges we don't feel confident enough to tackle. When we feel lacking and incapable, these are the times when we should seek help.
Seeking help from others can be challenging for some of us, though. There are several reasons why someone may refuse to seek help even though they need it already, such as not wanting to feel indebted to somebody or being too independent. Nevertheless, we should still do our best to get support and conquer our fear of approaching others, as we will only benefit from the help that others may bring. Of course, before asking for help, we should try our best and overcome whatever situation. However, when things become too much, others can pitch in, and there are various circumstances when help is already needed.
1. You are unsure about things
Remember the time when you are on your first day on your job. It must be nerve-racking to be asked to do various things for the first time. No matter how good you are back in school and feel confident that you know about something, it still feels different once actual tasks for your job appear. There can be many unknowns; however, we may have thought we must impress our employers due to being new. While it's okay to show some degree of independence, doing things without completely knowing the details of what we need to do can create some undesirable outcomes that can affect others. So whenever we are in a situation where we don't fully comprehend everything, we shouldn't feel afraid to ask for help or clarification so we can do the task correctly and avoid mishaps.
2. You don't have enough resources
To accomplish our various tasks, we need resources to achieve them, such as equipment, money, and people. Sometimes, our resources may not be enough to accomplish a job, or we may run out of them while achieving something. Money can become insufficient, equipments can break, or people may leave the team or company, halting the progression of a project or task. You can try procuring more of these insufficient resources but may have difficulties gathering them yourself. During such times, we can seek support from others as they may have what we need, and we can ask them for a favor and see if they are willing to help. People can be more than willing to provide aid if we ask for them properly.
3. You lack the skill and knowledge to do something
Various tasks require specific skills and knowledge to perform correctly and achieve good results. When faced with something new, you can try researching or asking for advice from someone to carry out the task. There can be printed or online materials out there to guide you on your job. However, if, even after research, you still find your task daunting, it may be time to get some professional help. The best person to help you would be someone with expertise in what you need to do. After things get solved, you can also try learning and practicing the new skill you have encountered so that if another circumstance happens when the new skill is needed, you will be more prepared to do it next time.
4. The job requires more than one person to accomplish
Some tasks can be performed alone, but they can be more tedious and complicated when done by a single person. When we are struggling and feeling overwhelmed, we may be doing what is meant to be accomplished by two or more people. If nothing prevents us from asking for help, we can try calling our family members, friends, or coworkers for support, depending on what we need to do. Life can feel easier, and you can reduce stress if someone can help you, especially if you are working on a long-term or big project. You can cut the time required to finish such things and have a higher chance of success.
5. You have tried different approaches and perspectives but still ended up failing
You may be working on something for quite some time, but after trying every skill you have, applying different perspectives, and using various techniques, you still can't succeed. You may think about giving up if, after several tries, you still fail on an endeavor, but if you haven't approached potential helpers who can help you succeed, you still have an option left for you. Perhaps you haven't yet approached the right people that can enlighten you with what they know, and getting them involved in whatever you are working on can help provide alternate solutions you have never thought of before.
There is nothing wrong with asking for help.
To grow as an individual, we must keep on learning and trying to do new things. However, there is a limit to how much we can do ourselves. Knowing and doing everything perfectly is impossible, and some people will be better than us when doing other things. Sometimes, tasks will be more demanding to accomplish alone, and we will be required to work with others. We must realize that we need each other to get things done for more challenging tasks. Also, whenever we feel uncomfortable, struggle, or are not confident in doing something, we can ask for help. Receiving help from others doesn't make you weak or lower than others. Instead, it shows that you are a mature individual who knows your limits and prioritizes self-care by not making situations more complicated than they should be. Most people are more than willing to help, and your mental health and well-being will fare better knowing you can rely on others.