Each day when I come home my Personal Trainer Study Manual confronts me from my coffee table. Sometimes I can almost hear it mockingly say, I dare you to finish! Tee hee hee.
Some days I point a finger right back and say in my best witchy voice, “I’ll get you my pretty Ahahahaha!!” Other days, I’m convinced it’s gotten the best of me.
Today, however I took a radical new approach.
I asked for help.
I’ve been feeling pretty overwhelmed whenever I flip through over 200 pages of material and even more charts and interactive features online. I wondered when I would finish or how I would get it all into my head and ever feel prepared. I couldn’t see the forest from the trees anymore.
So, I took a shot at emailing the instructor/owner of the program explaining that I was going to be taking the test soon. I simply asked, “What should I be focusing on?” and “What kinds of questions are on the test?”
I got an answer back that surprised and relieved me. I knew what to concentrate on and what was expected to be reference material that I’d come back to throughout my days as a certified personal trainer. I was pleased to see we were on the same page after all.
This taught me a valuable lesson.
Never be afraid to ask for help.
I could have saved myself 3 months of daily worry about this and been able to focus my attention better if I had just asked these questions from the very start. Instead, I let my assumptions run wild and I was no better off for it. In fact I was far more anxious from when I began.
I cannot get that time back.
However, what I’ve gained is a better understanding and I also saved myself from another 3 months of worry by asking today.
It is never a bad idea or too late to ask for help. Being overwhelmed happens to all of us sometimes.
Just ask for help.
There’s no shame in it. And there are a lot of added perks.
First and foremost you are reminded that being perfect was never that fun anyway ;), second of all you never were, and lastly that’s perfectly ok.
Make a connection. Ask for help.
With love from aneternaltraveler 😉