Time is the best gift that you could ever give someone. To me it means that you have chosen to spend your time with this person, knowing that you can never take it back. It cannot be bought or sold.

As I get older, I realize that by tweaking the way I do things, I can be more efficient--and even save money. Imagine getting a discount on everything you purchase, or making connections in the business world that you might believe are possible only in your wildest dreams.

I am here to tell you that it's possible. There is something that I had been doing wrong for years, and it cost me money, time, and energy.

The good news is that you can make a simple change in how you take on everyday tasks, and see results instantly. When was the last time that you asked for something that you wanted instead of hoping that it would happen naturally? If you can't remember, or it's been over 24 hours, we need to talk.

It's time that you take control of your life and every minute of your day, and start asking for what you want. You'd be amazed at the results. Instead of skirting around an issue, you can tackle it head on.

Here are seven instances in which asking for what you want will yield positive results:

1. Ask for a discount

If you are buying in bulk for your business, or are a loyal customer, the seller might feel like rewarding you for doing so.

2. Ask for a raise

If you think you deserve a raise (and have proof as to why), you should approach your boss and ask for it. If you don't ask, you could be missing out on a much larger salary simply because you were too afraid to ask.

3. Ask for shares

Influential people in your field are constantly running low on interesting content to share with their social media followers. We all know how difficult it is to keep up with the undying need for fresh content.

If your work fits their niche, message them and ask nicely if they would share your post. You can reach many new followers this way--and you can offer to trade and share their posts, as well.

4. Ask for customer reviews

If your business thrives on customer reviews, reach out and ask customers to review their purchase two weeks after it's been delivered. Not only will you get helpful feedback, but new customers will feel comfortable ordering if there are customer testimonials.

5. Ask a co-worker to be friends

If you'd like to befriend a co-worker, take the leap and ask them out for coffee or drinks. They might want to hang out but are too afraid to ask.

6. Ask for more time

If you need more time to finish an assignment, ask for an extension. Many professors and bosses would rather you complete the job to your best ability, and not just throw it together to complete it on time.

7. Ask the boss

Instead of reaching out to a low-level employee and getting ignored or passed around to different people for weeks, reach out to the highest level employee you can get a hold of. Tell them what you're looking for and ask for the appropriate contact.

If you pitch them properly, you're in. The contact will feel especially compelled to help you, since the connection came from his or her boss.

Believe it or not, once you start asking, you start receiving. Can you think of other ways to better your life by simply asking? If so, share them with me on Twitter.

Published on: Oct 12, 2016
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