Considering that you’ve found yourself on a personal development blog, I’m guessing you have some experience in reading/watching/consuming self-help (otherwise known as personal development or self-improvement) information. You surely realize just how goddamn much there is.
The self-help industry, and yes it is absolutely an industry, is massive. This 2008 study found that this industry then was worth $11 billion. ELEVEN BILLION! And keep in mind that this is 2008, the year of a global financial crisis. Unhappy people buy things, it’s a fact of life that has come to light with the rise of self-help books, blogs, and seminars.
But I’m not here to debate the merit of self-help as an industry. I’m not here to condemn self-help authors (after all my blog is full of self-help content). I’m here to talk about how it’s holding you back.
If you’re looking to grow as a person, stop consuming this information!
You don’t need to read more best-selling self-improvement books. You don’t need to attend a Tony Robbins seminar. You don’t need to follow more motivational quote accounts on Twitter. You don’t need to use Youtube to find inspirational talks. You don’t need to read this blog.
You need to take action.
I’m certain that you’ve heard this ‘take action’ rant before, probably from other self-help writers. But I’m serious! You don’t need to consume any more information.
You know how an engine gets flooded and it can’t start until you let it sit for a while? That’s our brains after years of consuming other people’s life stories and anecdotes and demands and suggestions and lists and habits and rules.
We have been absolutely inundated by this $11 billion industry. We have been pushed into a state of analysis paralysis. We need to stop thinking and start doing. This is exactly why I started doing 30 day challenges.
If you take one thing away from my blog, it’s that you should start a 30 day challenge TODAY. Pick something you want to improve in your life, come up with action that can push you forward or is holding you back. Print a 30 day calendar, do or don’t do that action every day, and start making X’s on that calendar.
It’s not complicated! You don’t need to buy anything! Just stop reading, stop thinking, and start doing. This is the beauty of 30 day challenges. It may not seem like anything special but they are the antidote to everything that is wrong with this industry.
I wish you the best of luck and please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to talk!