Are you drowning? In panic mode it is hard to know what is needed, the only thing that is clear is that you are sinking. You know help is needed, but what type of help do you need, exactly?
Can the problem be addressed with personal interventions, do you need a coach or do you need the help of many? In other words, depending on the crisis, Do you need a life jacket, a life guard or a life boat?
A Life jacket could be self help, boot strapping or personal development. This can be reading books, watching videos or listening to audio that addresses the current need. The obstacle is to be disciplined and the help asynchronous.
A Life guard would be seeking the expertise of a coach or a mentor, this is human intervention. Taking the time to find someone and trusting them with your blind spots. The obstacle is humility and the help may bruise the ego.
A Life boat is a team of experts or a proven system that is designed specifically for rescuing drowning people in the the most adverse conditions. This can be medical / professional intervention or metaphorically speaking, the Coast Guard. These are highly trained emergency situation responders. The obstacle is fear and the help will be costly.
Which one do you need? As you evaluate the emergency of your situation, be very clear on the help you seek. Whether a solo pursuit, a partnership or a collective solution your decisiveness will determine the effectiveness.
In Matthew 7:7, there is a fervent and progressive request for help. Be deliberate in your request for support. Ask the people around you, then seek out the relief you need and finally knock on the door, you may have to interrupt others to keep from drowning.
“Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.