Which Self Help Path Should You Take?!
The Self Help industry has reached such monstrous proportions that it’s a wonder the world can even contain it. The public is ravenous for information, so book publishers turn the books out by the thousands. Personally, I think this says a lot of positive things about our society: We all want to better ourselves and our lives, and we realize that we can’t depend on others to make it happen. If we want it, we have to help ourselves to it.
The problem is, with such an onslaught of information, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There are so many paths, it can be difficult to figure out which one to get on. For the most part, however, it really matters little which path we take, as long as we take one. After all, they pretty much all lead in the same direction: Self Improvement.
Think about it this way. If we wanted to lose weight, we’d have almost as many paths to choose from. Weight lifting, pilates, walking, jogging, power yoga, Tae Bo, The Grapefruit Diet, The Beverly Hills Diet, The Adkins Diet, Weight Watchers, aerobics, etc. As long as we’re completely committed to the path we’ve chosen and stubbornly refuse to bow out, even when the going gets tough – any of the above would lead to a better body as well as improved health.
The only wrong path would be the one not taken.
Different approaches work for different people and what one person responds to might not even get a rise from the next person.
I’ve heard of people who have made positively profound changes in their lives by reading “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” and others who were strongly affected by “The Purpose Driven Life.” My own life has been shaped, to a certain extent, by the writings of Dale Carnegie, F.D. Van Amburgh, Grenville Kleiser, and (of course) the Bible.
The trick, if there is a trick, is to keep reading and keep reaching. Read different articles and different books. Pull out teachings from each that inspire and motivate you. Write these teachings down in a special notebook and read over them from time to time. Keep reaching, keep learning, and keep growing.
We should never get overly “content” with the state of anything in life, least of all ourselves.
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