If you’re not asking enough, take a moment to read this excerpt from my book, Working Wisdom.
Ask and It Shall Be Given to You
1) Ignorance (not knowing what is available or possible)
2) Limiting and inaccurate beliefs (our negative programming)
3) Fear (of rejection, looking stupid, endless obligation, etc.)
4) Low self esteem (feelings of unworthiness)
5) Pride (not wanting to admit we need help)
How many of these can you relate to and how many are you willing to release? I’ve found a common challenge for many entrepreneurs is asking clients and colleagues to refer business to them. This is true even when they seem to know that they do a good job and their clients are pleased. Start with something small, like asking two of your clients to refer you to someone who they know can benefit from your services, and see what happens.
By asking for the business, more money, a better deal, help, advice, referrals, or whatever else you need to advance your goals, you also encourage others to do the same. Each time you ask for help, when appropriate, make a point of asking how you might reciprocate.
Consider how the CRAVE formula can help you ask for what you desire and deserve. For example, craft an affirmation that reminds you that those you ask want to help and support you, or visualize people being enthusiastically receptive to your requests.
What will you ask for? I love hearing from you!