Children learning to stand up on their own, students getting a job and patients learning to walk without using a crutch are all balance training by narrowing the base of support and increasing the reliance on internal resources.
The process of expecting and even demanding a wider base of support in many cases is not natural, necessary or productive.
However, the thought pattern of expecting and even demanding a broad base of support could be a generally accepted and even encouraged mindset.
The popularity of a concept does not make it right.
There was a time that most people believed that the earth was flat, and it was the center of the universe.
The idea was popular and wrong. Balance training includes self-awareness and self-reliance, it guides us toward what works and not what is necessarily popular.
Before I ask for help or provide assistance, I ask two questions.
- Is asking for, receiving, offering and delivering support a step toward increased self-awareness and self-reliance?
- Is not asking for, receiving, offering and delivering aid a step toward increased self-awareness and self-reliance?
If asking, receiving, offering and providing help increase self-awareness and self-reliance, I ask for it as easily as I offer it and I also receive it as easily as I deliver it. If not, then I don’t.