ask for helpWhen you ask for help is not a weakness, it’s a strength. It means you understand your capabilities and your limitations. As we get older, we discover that we can’t do all the things we could do when we were younger, physically and possibly mentally.

Aging is not the only reason that we may need to ask for help. Not everyone has the skills to do everything. Physical strength is another reason.  If the task you need done requires strength you don’t have, regardless of your age, you need to ask for help.

Even if you do have the skillset for a particular task, you may not want to do it.  It’s not worth the aggravation or frustration to perform this task when you can hire someone else to do it. And yes, when you ask for help it can mean outsourcing the work. There’s a different dynamic in play, but it is help or assistance to get things done.

When you ask for help it may be just that. You may have a project that you could do on your own, but it may get done a lot faster if you had help. Why go it alone? Assemble a team, which could be just one other person. Not only can a team get things done faster, it can be fun working together and sharing ideas.

Reciprocity may be an incentive for others to help with your task or project. You could return the favor by helping them with something they don’t want to do, or can’t do by themselves. Most people like to help others, it makes them feel good, and reciprocity can strengthen bonds with family and friends.

If you need help with something, ask for it. There’s no shame in reaching out to those that can assist you in getting things done. Whether you assemble a team, or outsource the work, you are asking for help and that only makes you stronger.