Fear of rejection.
Fear of embarrassment.
Fear of making a fool of ourselves.
Fear of things we don’t even understand and yet we still have fear. These are all things that keep us from asking.
When I need help my pride causes me to hesitate to ask for it. When I feel that prideful hesitation I know deep down that I have to ask now. It becomes not just about getting the help I need but about battling my pride.
My pride tells me that to ask is to be weak. But the courage that it takes to ask should reflect on how brave you are and not how weak you are. Asking for help is one of the best things we can learn to do in life.
We’ll learn how to deal with “no,” which often just means “I can’t.” Much of the time the request is actually responded to with assistance, with kindness, with patience and with gladness that someone is actually willing to ask.
We shouldn’t allow fear around asking to inhibit us based on eventualities in our minds that aren’t even probable. We should get in the habit of silencing that prideful, vain side of ourselves that tells us we should not ask lest we are embarrassed, rejected, laughed at or thought less of.
We need to make sure that we are not letting that voice inside of us keep us from asking the important questions in life.