Monday, February 1, 2010

Do You Need a Jumpstart?

The frigid temps outside made me wonder if my car would start the other morning. My vehicle usually does not sit outside overnight but that night I stayed at a hotel. As I walked out to my car the next morning, I notice the vacant lot; most everyone had checked out. While holding my breath, I turned the ignition key. The engine hesitated, groaned and then ever so slowly came to life. I breathed a sigh of relief because I was not prepared for an event requiring jumper cables. Truthfully, even if I had jumper cables with me, I would still need assistance. Our AAA auto club membership roadside assistance would have served as a good backup plan. Although my experience went smoothly I learned something valuable. Think about this:

When we need a jumpstart in life, it requires assistance.

Jump starting my vehicle would require the help of another person regardless if it is the Auto Club or another hotel patron offering his vehicle…and a set of jumper cables in my case. The point is that there was no way possible I could get my van running by myself, no matter how great my efforts or determination. Bottom line…I needed help.

So why do we expect that we will be able to ‘jump-start’ our life by our self? Back in college I struggled with being overweight. I hit my all time high and made a decision that I needed to change some things. It did not take more than a couple days to realize that I needed someone to help me jump-start my endeavor. A dear friend chose to workout with me; she pushed me when the going got rough. Since I am a horrible morning person, I needed her to kick me in the seat of the pants and get me moving. Because I asked for help and she willingly stepped up, I lost 50 pounds and have kept it off for more than twenty years.

In what area do you need to ask for help to jump-start things?

Do you need to ask a good friend or personal trainer to exercise with you?

Do you need to ask a trusted person for feedback on a new logo you are creating for your business?

Do you need to ask your current customers for referrals?

Do you need to ask someone you admire to mentor you?

There most likely is something that you want to accomplish and know you could use a jump-start. The first step is to ask for help.

When we need a jumpstart in life, it requires assistance.

“You create your opportunities by asking for them.” ~ Shakti Gawain

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