I was feeling stuck--as in sitting at my computer too many days in a row, not out meeting people, waiting for the phone to ring, and feeling like I wouldn't know what to say even if I did have people to talk to. Stuck.
During dinner with two friends I entertained them with stories about my riding, which is not at all stuck, and then listened while each of them enthusiastically shared her family and work experiences. When it came back to me to share what's happening in my business, I just blurted out that I was stuck. And they surged into action!
Right there at the table they reminded me how I've helped so many people achieve wonderful results and how my clients appreciate working with me. They complimented my engaging way of building relationships and my ability to get up to speed on the topics my clients are involved with. They also gave me several solid word-for-word approaches to the situations I worry about the most. And while they were encouraging me to step out in the world, they also gave me permission to take care of myself--burning out with over-zealous marketing wouldn't help me in the long run. Within a half hour I had recovered some confidence and could see a way forward.
Why is it that we are so often afraid to ask for help? People who like (love) us will not think less of us because we need help from time to time. These friends were grateful to me for sharing my troubles so that they could help me--"that's what friends are for" they said.
When have you asked for and received help from trusted friends? What did you ask for and how did it work? Share your stories about getting a boost from your friends in our comment box.
And Thank You to my dear friends. You know who you are!