There are two different mindsets with which you can approach a request for help.
One defaults to figuring out how the act of helping does impact one’s own routine.
Does it mean I will have to wake up earlier? Does it mean I will have to postpone my planned holiday? Does it mean I will have to renounce a relaxing evening watching my favourite TV series?
The other defaults to caring about how the act of helping does impact the other person’s life.
The two mindsets often have very similar outcomes. Because when somebody asks for help, people in general tend to give help.
The difference though is in how you feel about helping – and whether or not you will seek to help more in the future – and in how the other person feels about you helping – and whether or not they will seek help more freely in the future.
It is a difference that matters.