Hey there everyone!!
Thanks. I appreciate you taking the time to read this. Now, why do you think this means a lot to me? Take a moment and think about it. What got you to start reading this? If you don’t read “every” post, what got you to start reading this time? Was it simply because I asked you to?
Consider how powerful a tool “asking” can be. We can get what we want sometimes simply by making a request. Let people know that what you’re asking for is important to you, and they will want to contribute in some way. It sounds simple, yet some of us are afraid to ask others for any kind of help. We may try to do everything on our own.
I was like this. I wanted to be independent. I couldn’t stand being blind and being at a visual disadvantage. So I did everything in my power to compensate for my disadvantages. I studied harder and I anticipated my challenges. For example, when I was thirteen, I traveled to every subway station in Toronto, so that I would become familiar with the environments. This meant that when I would later go for job interviews, I could save time by recognizing certain landmarks, rather than getting lost or asking someone for directions.
Wanting to be independent served me. It gave me confidence and valuable experience. However, when I would get lost and be late for an interview, for example, I wouldn’t ask anyone for help. I would persist with my own abilities. I didn’t want to look bad to others. It wasn’t until later in life that I found the humility to simply ask for help.
There is power in an authentic request. Most people genuinely want to make a difference. For me, I didn’t want to ask strangers for help. For you, it may be a friend or a family member, a co-worker or a significant other that you’re hesitant to approach. What have you been afraid of asking? Are you afraid of getting turned down? Are you afraid of being vulnerable? Marianne Williamson says, “Where love is present, fear cannot exist.”
We have so many resources at our disposal. Take the telephone for example… Somebody at a recent seminar was saying they had a great new product for an office furniture chain, but wasn’t sure how to get their idea heard. What’s the solution? Pick up the telephone, call the head office, and ask them for their policy and procedure on new product acquisitions. Ask. Sometimes it’s just that simple.
Now, what are you asking yourself on a daily basis? What questions come up in your mental chatter? Are they questions like, why am I so unlucky? Why does this always happen to me? Or, are they questions like, how can I turn this around? What’s funny about this situation? Your brain will come up with an answer for ANY question, so it’s very important to make sure you’re asking empowering questions like “How can I turn this around and make a difference?”
As a good book from a long time ago says, ask and it shall be given unto you; seek and ye shall find; knock and the door shall be opened unto you. Profound words. And, in more ways than one. To recap, feel free to make authentic requests from other people in your life. If you find yourself stuck and not knowing, think who else you can ask. And, consider that the questions we ask ourselves on a habitual basis get answered by creating the reality that we live.
Thanks again for reading this. I get joy and satisfaction from knowing that my words have a positive impact on you. Whether you get a simple burst of motivation while you’re reading this, or you take actions that you wouldn’t otherwise have taken, I feel a sense of purpose and mission. I hope this message has made a difference for you.
Let’s love the world together…
Danish Ahmed, blind visionary
P.S. Are you ready to uncover The 3 C’s of Asking?