Most people ask for help when they know they are in the middle of a problem they can not solve alone.
Employees wait until they know they will miss a deadline before reaching out to a supervisor. Couples wait until they are on the edge of separation before seeing a counselor. Drivers wait until they are lost before asking for directions.
Top professionals, however, ask for help BEFORE they encounter a problem, trying to anticipate problems likely to rise in their path.
Hopeful athletes find a coach long before they try out for the Olympics. The best actors find help by studying at Julliard before becoming renowned for their art. Great chess players spend years reading and learning likely outcomes for moves, anticipating plays brought on by opponents.
Whether your intention is to have a great date, be the next Kasparov, or just finish a project on time and on budget… don’t wait until you are in the problem to seek help.
Think like a pro and beat the problem to the problem. And then… no problem!