The subtitle should read “(and the only one I’ll ever write)”
The phrase “self-help” makes me cringe.
To me it conjures up an image of people reading book after book about the same concepts, talking through the same principles and rehashed over and over again by different authors using different terms over and over again in an attempt to make a buck.
There’s a lot of money to be made in “self-help” because the people who consume it tend to keep reading and reading. Unfortunately, the reading and books have to opposite consequence and often become part of the problem. Instead of pushing people to action, they draw the reader back in to read more and more and keep an artificial barrier between them and action.
So let’s cut the crap: here’s the gist of every self-help book out there.
The only thing keeping you from doing the things you want to do is…you.
I hate to borrow something from Nike but instead of talking about doing something – Just Do It. You can wait for someone else to change it or you can take responsibility for it and make a change yourself. It might not happen overnight and it might be hard, but unless you do something about it yourself, nothing will happen.
The Most Common Way People Give Up Their Power is By Thinking They Don’t Have Any – Alice Walker
If you’re able to read this, you’re most likely in very small minority of the world that actually has the ability and freedom to get up everyday and choose what they want to do.
Do you realize how lucky you are?
We get the ability to focus on doing what you want to do. We don’t have to worry about finding food. We don’t have to worry about dying from the black plague. We don’t have to worry about becoming lunch meat for a hungry mountain lion somewhere who thinks we look tasty.
We live in an amazing time. We’re more fortunate than most people in the world – at any point in history!
Stop finding excuses why you can’t do something and start finding excuses why you can do whatever you want.
It comes down to you. Do you want to do something or not?
If you do…then go do it and stop worrying about everything else.
If you need some help actually doing something – join the Impossible League – the community behind the site and start doing something impossible today.