When we experience a personal setback or crisis, what should we be able to expect in terms of support from our friends and family?

If my experience is typical, you’ll likely hear a few of these: “let me know if you need anything” and maybe a few of these: “let me know what I can do to help”.  Mostly it seems, people aren’t great at curiously inquiring how they can support you and then actually doing it. It is what it is.

So, what’s a person to do?

The answer is surprisingly simple – ask for what you need!

But that is so hard! Why as men are we particularly poor at asking for what we need? Who knows and who cares – but it’s generally true. If you’re one of those men, don’t beat yourself up because most of us are in the same boat.

I have been very poor at this my entire life. But I’m getting better. I’m mindfully working on it. Because I know The Truth. So, what is The Truth?

If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get.

And remember how you feel when you have really supported someone – you feel great, right? So, you are doing people a favour when you let them support you. They get a lot of benefit too.

A couple of tips as you proceed on your journey to get better at asking for help or support for what you need.

  • Figure out what you need.
  • After the What, ask Who, When, Where.
  • Make the ask. Be specific.

We get there faster and accomplish more with support.

Who is in your camp and on your side?

From whom can you seek help, guidance or support?

With loving kindness,

Coach Billy