Self Help books are flooding the marketplace. Why are there so many? People are craving to live a better life and are looking to books to lead them and to inspire them. Do I believe in self help books? Emphatically, yes, when and only when you know how to make the most of them~ otherwise, they become shelf-help.
Unfortunately, Self Help books are not working because people are not investing themselves in them. They read them and then they become “shelf-help”. They try for a day, a week, maybe a month and then, they fall back into their old patterns of behavior. They are not investing their time or their money in their own self-growth and development. How do I know this? Because, I’ve been there and done that and failed. I’ve also done well with them. It all depends on how ready, willing and able you are to grow.
1) Choose wisely~ know what you are looking for and find a book that supports that. Ask friends and colleagues, read reviews, pick one that tugs on your heart-strings. Don’t just pick a great cover image!
2) Keep A journal ~ when reading it, keep a journal next to you. Write down any emotions that come up when you are reading it and then spend some time with a Sacred Soul Journal to delve deeper into the meaning of those emotions for you.
3) Read critically ~ not all techniques will work for everyone.
4) Be A Student ~ highlight the book, dog ear pages, put tabs in it, take notes, create to-dos for yourself
5) Implement ~ Evaluate ~ Correct ~ begin the work but also allow your own insights to come into play. In other words, follow your own soul’s compass to make shifts and changes.
5) Find a Partner ~ finding someone to do the work with will help you create accountability for yourself.
6) Know your Limitations ~ check in with yourself. If this self-help is not working, find a coach, someone you can work with to make the shifts in your life you are desiring!
Your Soul Wise Living Assignment: What Self Help book is on your shelf now that, if you were to really embrace it, would support your growth and development? Are you willing to follow the above guidelines right now to do so? And, what self help book is on your shelf right now that you can release because it no longer serves it’s purpose and is becoming clutter?