The Problem with Self-help and a Solution to Fix It.

Knowledge is Power When it's Applied.

Reading A self-help book (or any learning medium / book) is only useful when we act on it.

We can't solve our problems if we don't take the necessary action steps to create an impactful change.

I can read self-help books all day,

but if I don't try what it's telling me to do, I 'm still where I was when I started reading it.

The main problem with self-help books is they focus too much on 'feel good' inspiration and not enough emphasis on practicality.

The best guides not only enlighten you to a new way of thinking, but also inspire you to actually take action.

I can't even tell you how many times I've read a book that could be labeled as 'self-help', and felt great while reading it, but it ultimately didn't change my life in the way I wanted it to when I picked it up. (Have you experienced something similar? Let me know in the comments.)

You could argue it's the author's fault. You could argue it's mine. 

Regardless, 

I'm the one that wants to change my life, so I'm the one who has to make that happen. 

No one else will do that for me.

 

A self-help book highlights a problem, and gives us possible solutions. 

It's up to us to test,  and apply it.

 

We can't control how authors write books, but

we can control the effectiveness of them, by having the right mindset when learning.

Instead of reading and moving onto the next, and the next

without considering what it's saying,  it's relevancy, or how we can apply it,

We can start by considering,

' How can I test and apply what this is saying', each time we sit down to learn.

What are steps I can take right now?

 

#KeepPursing,

Josh Waggoner