Before asking someone for a favor, realize that he might not grant you the favor. Although it is appropriate to think of the best way to influence him to help you out, accept him if he refuses.
And even before you ask for the favor, think how you can judge him positively if he does not help you.
(see Mivchar Hapeninim - Shaar Hatikvah; Rabbi Pliskin's Gateway to Happiness, p.209)
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