Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.
Bill Nye, the Science Guy
In the last blog, we started talking about the benefits of letting others help us reach our goals.
We live in a culture that praises the soloist, the independent, the bootstrapper. But, honestly, no one gets anywhere without at least one other human being helping them. Whether that is recommending them, speaking up on their behalf, lending seed money, a hand or a leg up, or even a few words of direction and encouragement. There are lots of big ways and small ways people help open new possibilities that help propel us toward the things we want to achieve.
There are probably many someone’s in our lives that helped us along the way. I have spoken of her before, but one of my greatest influences, outside of family, was my fourth-grade teacher. She turned on a light and thirst for knowledge that has never left me. One day, she was going over my work with me, and all she said was, “you can do better than this. You are smarter than this.” And, she was right, and I knew it. But, most importantly, I embraced it!!
We inherently need other people.
Now let’s rewrite this limiting belief with a set of empowering beliefs.
● “I can do everything without help.”
● “I can benefit from the help and assistance of others.”
● “Others have strengths and talents that I do not.”
● “I can better reach my full potential with the help of others.”
To rewrite out limiting beliefs, we must come to terms with the fact that we simply can’t do or know everything.
The more we tap into the strengths of others, the more we will be able to get done, and the closer we will come to achieving our goals, hopes, and dreams. If we try to do everything alone, we simply won’t get as far.
Our new belief is that we need the help of others to reach our true potential.
Stop trying to be a lone wolf. We each have a great deal of potential, but we need others to help us fully realize it. Ask for help. Utilize the gifts and talents that others have. We can make so much more progress than if we try to do everything by ourselves.
● Write down the names of five people whom you work closely with.
● For each person, write down their unique strengths; some strength you do not possess.
● Seek out at least one person on your list to help you with a current project or task.
Although I am very skilled, talented, and capable, I affirm that I need the help and assistance of others. They complement my own talents so that, together, we can excel at any task and even get the job done quicker than I could by myself.
I seek out others to help me at each step of my journey. I avoid trying to do everything myself. Rather, I depend on other people to help me reach my full potential, as I help them reach theirs.
I hope you are trying out a few of the changes we ‘ve been talking about so far this year. Many won’t take root the first time we try, but we can release some of our limiting beliefs.
Too often, we are our own biggest stumbling block, our own greatest obstacle. Start getting out of your own way and release some of that amazing potential you’ve been sitting on.