You Can't Do It Alone - Top Five Benefits of Asking for Help Written by Claudette Rowley
Entrepreneurs are a lot like early American pioneers - forging new ground, following their visions and making them real. In order to succeed these pioneers relied on notion of "rugged individualism", a concept now woven into our cultural fabric. Unfortunately, this valuable idea can be taken too far, leaving us feeling like we must do it alone. As a result, many of us believe that doing it alone is better and more virtuous, and that pulling yourself "up by your bootstraps" signals a sign of character.
I consistently encounter clients - entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs - who believe that being a Lone Ranger is way to go, and that if it's not hard, it's not worth doing. There's a difference between challenging yourself and taking hard road when you don't ask for available assistance.
Top Five Benefits of Asking for Help:
- Create community. Through act of receiving, you cultivate partners and mentors to support your vision. Just like you enjoy giving to others, people want to give to you. When you ask for help, you extend opportunity for others to give back. When you are engaged in something exciting, risky or daring - like entrepreneurship, you'll find that people love to participate in your vision. It's exciting and gratifying to be part of another's adventure and see them succeed.
- Achieve your vision and its supporting goals more quickly when you ask for what you want and need. Use question "Who do you know who?" to reap benefits of financial, business, emotional or spiritual assistance. When you need to make a specific request, you gain clarity. If you aren't sure what you need, request a brainstorming session to create an avenue to clarity.
How to Handle Stress by Managing your Levels?Written by Craig Lock
Stress is a natural and unavoidable feature of modern life. When pressures of life become too much and we can't cope, stress operates like a screw gradually turning tighter and tighter. Often we don't realise that we are under stress - until pressure becomes too much and lid starts lifting... then we crack. Humans are vulnerable and live under an optimum level of stress every day - they often don't know how to cope, when pressure builds up too much...but what can we do about it to make our lives easier?
HOW TO COPE WITH STRESS?
Listen to your own alarm system. There are abundant challenges, demands and opportunities in modern living; but these often cause frustration and exasperation. Your first step is to be aware that you are under stress. Make a list of all of all major stress areas in your everyday life. (My what a big list!). Then armed with this knowledge, make an honest commitment to changes in your life. By identifying causes and being open to change, you can at least hope for improvement.
FIND THE CAUSE. CALL IT BY NAME, THEN YOU CAN ELIMINATE IT. The key, I believe, is ACCEPTANCE.
People suffering from severe stress should seek help from a doctor or therapist. Therapists help patient to feel differently about things. In other words, they get them to have a different perspective. Persons suffering from stress might do small tasks to give them a feeling of accomplishment before returning to work-force. All these techniques can make people grow; just like plants don't grow, unless they are watered and cared for.
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT STRESS?
Look at your life and try to find main cause(es) of your stress. What external event or situation is causing problem? Or is it just your perception? Is it physical, emotional or professional? Self knowledge means self help; so that once you can identify cause of your distress, you can eliminate it. Remember that for you to be happy, all three areas of your life (ie. emotional, spiritual and intellectual) need to be satisfied. You need BALANCE in your life. The first step is ACCEPTANCE: admit that you are under stress and not coping with life, as well as you should. Once you accept this, next step is committing yourself to take ACTION to relieve problem. Making that decision to take action is probably hardest for you. It is best to use a combination of strategies to combat moderate stress (the result of daily wear and tear on body).