While speaking at a conference a few years ago, a friend moderating a panel said something that has stuck with me for years. While retelling a story on business principles and failure, he said, “You have to assist in your own rescue.” When the life preserver is thrown out to the man or woman drowning in the body of water, the rescuer always says, “Reach up.” Most of us will often miss our help because we forget that we have to reach up to grab it.
There seems to be this notion in our broader culture that people are telepathic, or they must have seen our latest IG post outlining our immediate distress. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Many times, people are consumed with their own lives and present tragedies that they have little attention to give yours.
I am sure you can recall a time when you needed to get a job done, and you felt overwhelmed. You huffed and puffed, and still, no one came to your rescue. In that instance, you have to ask yourself, did I ask for help, or did I assume people knew I was drowning.
Asking for help has been one of the hardest lessons I have had to learn in growing my business and my life. Each time, I reached out and up, there was my life preserver waiting for me all along. Therapy, masterclasses, retreats, and coaches have all served as aides in my rescue, but I had to reach out to get them.
As we move closer to the end of this decade, don’t let your unwillingness to ask for help be the thing that holds you back from success. In this season of abundant prosperity, it would be a shame for you to drown in your misery and discontent. The life preserver you need is here, reach up and grab it.
I am including a link to the Therapy For Black Girls Therapist Directory. This may be the life preserver you need today!