It’s always been hard for me to accept help. I used to consider it a weakness to ask for assistance or to rely on someone else to help me through things, whether it be personal or professional. If things weren’t working out the way I expected them to or I was struggling with something, instead of reaching out, I would shut out and almost shut down. Not only is that a very lonely place, but I was making it a million times harder to accomplish what I set out to do.
Recent events in my life have really opened my eyes for the first time and have allowed me to see just how much this attitude has not served me well over the years. I have been forced to reach out to others for some help and having surrendered my silly pride, instead of finding weakness I have found a new strength! It is a relief to let go and accept that I do not have to do it all on my own and that asking for help is not only okay, it makes me stronger and allows me to help others in turn.
Help can come in many different forms, whether it is direct assistance from one person or the support of a community reaching for a common goal. When I think of Evolutions I see it in a whole new light of a built in helpful community of people striving to be physically and spiritually well. Things like the Clean and Lean Group Detox, the upcoming Connect Four Team Fitness Challenge, and group training and classes are examples of getting a little help and love from the others around us to achieve something.
So this year, if you’re feeling like you just can’t do something on your own or you can’t figure things out don’t be afraid to reach out to a friend. Even if it is a trainer or instructor, make a date to meet for a class, coffee, a training session or to do something completely new! Rely on each other. Support each other. You don’t have to do it alone.