Quick Story: This afternoon I was having lunch with my cousin at one of my favorite local restaurants. As we talked our waiter approached and asked to take our order. I remembered the waiter from many of my previous visits, but hadn’t seen him for some time so when I greeted him I joked about his absence. He replied that he was doing well but only recently beginning to recover from some serious health issues.

He shared that shortly before Christmas he had a sore throat. It lasted for a few weeks but instead of going to a doctor he self-diagnosed his ailment as strep-throat. To cure it he began taking a variety of “holistic” remedies. He drank a lot of juice, tea, hot-toddy. He sucked on lemons, added ginseng to his drinks and made a couple of the concoctions he’d read about on-line.

Having not gotten any better and not wanting to get his co-workers or customers sick he finally decided to go to the doctor. After running different tests the doctor informed him that the sore throat that he was experiencing wasn’t from strep at all but he was actually suffering from an early onset of diabetes.

The doctor also explained the remedies he thought he was taking to improve his condition had caused his blood sugar level to spike so high that he could’ve had a stroke or died.         (Note – he was trying to help his situation by doing something, but ended up only making things worse. That feels familiar.)

After a brief stay in the hospital he was released on Christmas Eve and is now on the road to getting healthy and learning to improve his diet and exercise regimen.

Moral of the Story: There is power in asking for help! No matter how smart we think we are or how hard we try,  we can’t do it all on our own. Let me let you in own a little secret – it’s ok to ask for help. It isn’t a sign of weakness rather it’s a sign of strength. Don’t let your pride or ego get in your way. And don’t the allure of appearing ok stop you from actually being ok.

Life may look great on social media, but the reality is we’re all trying to make it. And we can’t always do it alone. There are plenty of people in our lives, our network, and in our circle who are willing to help us. Don’t let fear or embarrassment of asking for help stop you from getting what you need.

Success is waiting for you so make sure you have people around you who can help you go get it! Just don’t be afraid to ask.

I’ll see you in the winner’s circle. Keep pushing.