Success is not a solo pursuit - it's a team effort. You know this. You no doubt have some great support people amongst your family, friends, and colleagues. You no doubt employ a range of 'switched on' and trusted professionals - accountants, financial advisors, mechanics, baby sitters, doctors, cleaners, etc. The team approach not only smart, it's just good old fashioned common sense. There are only 24 hours in a day, and everybody has their strengths. Having a team means you are not alone on the road to success. You have access to the best resources to solve practical problems before they arise and provide a safety net if they do.
Yet, for some reason, when it comes to problems of a personal nature, most people hesitate to seek professional support because we think it means we are failing or weak. But the simple truth is, life can be incredibly complicated and quite challenging to say the least! Everybody struggles from time to time. Juggling relationships, children, work, friends, relatives, work, chores, and squeezing in some time for yourself or a little fun can seem like an impossible dream. No matter how well organised you are, every which way you turn there's yet another thing to sort out, or something or someone demanding your attention. New problems can be quite daunting or overwhelming, and old ones become a continual source of frustration.
Once you realise that no matter whether it's a practical problem or a personal one the same principals apply. Problem - expert with solution. You could probably do your own tax, but you don't because there might be an angle you don't know about. It's so much smarter to just call someone who has spent years learning how to solve problems specific to their profession and is up-to-date with the latest strategies. The same applies to personal problems. Sometimes it's easy to find a solution. Sometimes it's not. Sometimes professional support is the answer.
Don't struggle alone. Talk to someone objective, whose job it is to help people solve problems. Someone who has appropriate qualifications, experience and knows the latest strategies. Imagine the relief of knowing that help is close at hand with the perfect tools for every problem. You'll get back on track much quicker and far less painfully than you ever imagined possible. Find a psychologist or coach you can trust and put them on speed dial. You'll wonder why you didn't add one to your team years ago.
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DEBORAH FARRELL (MCounPsych)