Recently, I did something that I never in a million years thought I would be able to do.
Here’s what happened. My girl (and Cairn Terrier), Cali, was admitted through the ER at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, for a severe medical issue and stayed for a few days until she was feeling better. One of the follow-ups for her care was Subcutaneous Fluids (“sub Q”) which means sticking a needle in her to allow the fluid to go into her. This process would need to be done daily for a week.
When they first explained it to me, it was as if they were speaking a foreign language.
I watched intently but wasn’t comprehending the entire process. My mind was full of fear-based thoughts. After all, I hate needles, how could I possibly stick my girl with one? What if she hated me for doing that? Second of all, how could I get her to stay still during this 10-minute process? And lastly, (most importantly), what if I screwed it up and did something that would hurt her?
First, I figured I could hire someone to come to my home and do this. I tried several different places – even, a vet service that goes to homes – but no luck! Then, I thought I would bring Cali to Angell Memorial each day and pay for the tech charge to administer the sub Q. The problem was we were expecting a massive snow and ice storm, and it would be impossible to drive there. That meant I would need to find another way to do this.
I was out of other options. It was up to me.
So, I went to her Vet and had them show me again how to do it. They were there to guide me and walk me through each step. I asked the Vet to answer my questions. Notably, the question where I was afraid of screwing up. She gave me a complete answer, didn’t make me feel stupid, and left me feeling reassured that I couldn’t hurt Cali during the process.
I realized this was a two-person job and I couldn’t do it myself, no matter how strong I believed I was. Someone needed to hold Cali while I administer the fluid.
If you’re like me, you might be a bit uncomfortable asking for help.
Maybe you don’t want to “bother” the other person? Perhaps you’re afraid you’ll look weak or needy? Perhaps you’re worried you’ll get rejected. I had to put those fears aside and ask for help. I’m very fortunate as Cali has a fan club. One of my neighbors graciously agreed to help the entire week.
For an extra measure, I watched a YouTube video on this very subject. Well, we were quite successful the first time, although, we had a slight glitch getting the new needle on and I contacted Angell for help. After that, it was smooth sailing. We were ready for round two the next day.
This experience was a valuable lesson for me as it got me out of my Comfort Zone in many ways.
I was willing to get very uncomfortable and take action because Cali is my heart and she needed me to do this. I was ready to ask and ask and continue to ask until I achieved the results that were required.
Your action today is to think about one area of your business, work or life that you’re not taking action because you’re not asking for help. Who could you ask? Is there someone in your life or someone you can hire?
Often, we’re taught to be strong and do it ourselves. To be independent and not ask for help (or directions). However, we usually end up procrastinating and not getting the results we want.
I’m challenging you today to ask. What do you choose to ask for?
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