Asking for what you need

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Last month I spoke about bravery, and recognizing it in others.  For some of us, one of the bravest  things we can do is to ask for what we need. We may consider this to be an act of selfishness, putting our needs before others, being self-centered. However, becoming strong and independent requires a certain amount of self-care, and getting that self-care involves identifying our own needs and meeting them. For example, if you want to be recognized for something you’ve done that you are proud of, don’t wait for people to discover it – let everyone know! Celebrate yourself and invite them to celebrate with you. Feeling low, sad, forgotten? Call someone you care about and ask for a few minutes of conversation and support. We may be surprised at how often others gladly give us what we need when asked, and even appreciate the asking. It saves them the trouble of figuring it out themselves.

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