Elton John recently posted: “29 years ago today [January 27] I was a broken man. I finally summoned the courage to say three words that would change my life: ‘I need help.’” As a result, he has been sober for nearly three decades and continues to inspire others with his charity work and music.

John’s plea for help was on a significant scale, but people are challenged to request assistance for far less. People don’t want to admit when they are depressed, overwhelmed, or scared – and as a result, solider on carrying their burden alone. Even asks for small assists, such as help with a project, aid in making dinner or help in processing through a problem seem like they are impositions rather than strength-building activities.

Asking for help allows us to develop relational bonds with others, lightens our load, teaches us new things and, as in John’s case, can literally save our lives. Your ask doesn’t have to be monumental, but the next time the going gets tough summon the courage to say those three magic words.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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