my biggest (and unexpected) challenge this month

Earlier this month, I experienced some unexpected scheduling challenges. My childcare fell through. Snow and ice forced multiple school delays. Then two surprising snow days cut my work hours in half. 

I honestly thought about calling those weeks a wash. But I also knew I had projects on my plate, clients to serve and commitments to keep. Plus, I did not want to sacrifice growth in my business because of a few unexpected time constraints.

So I asked myself, how can I get creative and make this work?

I realized that my only option was to get more comfortable asking for help. 

Because even though I talk a lot about delegation and even though I already have a team supporting me in my business, those snowy weeks showed me that I still had work to do when it came to asking for help. 

I’m guessing you do too.

In fact, if you’re anything like most ambitious business owners, you’re probably more comfortable wearing all the hats and doing all the things in your business than you are asking for help. You’re probably used to it, and part of you may even thrive on it. (That would be your ego talking.)

But as I recently learned NOT seeking support makes things so much harder on you. It overcomplicates things. It means you have to hustle harder, and work longer. It causes unnecessary stress. 

And it holds you back from experiencing more growth in your business and enjoying true freedom in your life. 

How do I know? Well, since those snowy weeks, I’ve made some changes and gotten even more comfortable asking for help. I have…

Delegated more to my team – and let them take on tasks I never have before (but should have passed off long ago)

Asked a friend to introduce me to a podcast host she knows so I could make a direct connection instead of pitching her cold through email 

Reached out with more transparency and frequency to my peer mastermind when I was feeling stuck 

Accepted my husband’s offer to do dance class duty for the week so I could record a summit presentation in a quiet house

Started saying yes when help was offered (instead of letting no be my default response)

Here’s what I’ve learned these past few weeks: the more I ask for help, the less overwhelm I feel. At the same time, asking for help has allowed me to do more in my business without working more or pushing harder. It’s allowed me to keep moving forward and keep growing – even when life throws me a curveball.

I just had to get over myself and be willing to ask for help in the areas I needed it most. 

I want you to experience this too. So I’m challenging you to identify one way you can ask for help in your business this week because I know that this one act will quickly simplify things for you. 

When you’ve identified how you’re going to ask for help, comment below and let me know. 

After all, a little accountability never hurt anyone.

With love,

Ashley

P.S. One of the things I love most about my Simplified Accelerator experience is that it gets clients in the habit of receiving help across the board in their business. That’s because I offer them support with everything from their content and copy to their web site to their marketing and visibility strategies in this hands-on partnership. Plus, my team will even implement a project for them so they can see what it really feels like to take some work off their plate.