Here goes the thinking in the head: "Don't bother them." "They don't need what you do." "They won't even take your call!" "Why should they?"
Ever hear those "don't bother" words?
So, we're tempted NOT to ask them to get involved with our dream. We're tempted to forget to invite them to participate in our service. Not to ask their help with our campaign. Not to invite them to distribute our book. Not to enlist them to help create a needed program... We're tempted to stay busy doing what we've always done. And we get what we've always received. They do too. Even if it's not working.
I have a great way of professionally procrastinating myself out of asking others... feeling like I'm inconveniencing them. Its the "Who am I" shame? Or the "You really don't want it, do you?" game.
Over coffee this morning, I share my vision with a woman who challenges me to ask anyway. Upon hearing what I have to offer she says: "If you don't succeed in your business... the whole world loses! Others don't ever get to experience all you have to offer them. You've GOT to succeed!"
Wow! I needed to hear that this morning. I needed to be encouraged. (Given courage once more)
And you may need this reminder as well. If you don't succeed in your dream, sure you lose. But what about the rest of us? Do we lose also?
Even if this post is just for one person needing to hear this now: Please listen: Others need what you have to offer them. Don't they? You have something that can make the world a better place. Don't you? By gaining traction, your dream will be a win for others, won't it?
Then be willing to hear their "no." At least they will know! Just ask anyway.
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