So in an effort to create a more consistent blogging schedule, I’ll start doing themed days. Here’s what I’m planning on so far (don’t kill me if I miss a day):
– Motivational Mondays
– Wellness Wednesdays
– Fitness Fridays
– Selfie Sundays (AKA more personal posts)
So without further ado, let’s get into today’s motivation!
Self Help: Why It’s Not a Phony Gimmick
I used to roll my eyes at the self help section of bookstores. I would think, “honestly? People need a BOOK to tell them how to live their lives?! Why can’t they just handle it? What a waste of money…” And I honestly thought this way probably up until about last month, when I picked up my first (and second) self-help book.
A big part stressed in my coaching career is personal development, but I’ve always kind of ignored it. I always sort of thought I had it together (I didn’t) and would be OK to skip that part because other people had it way worse than me. But, in an effort to be a good little rookie, I picked up my first book: “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero.
And I totally LOVE it (I’m almost done!). Her writing really hit home with me, and helped me realize how I was my own worst enemy and how much I was truly holding myself back. Now, I’m no where near perfect yet, but I’ve made considerable steps breaking out of my comfort zone, and that’s thanks to Jen. I have a feeling I’ll be reading this book more than once. I’d like to share one quote that I thought was phenomenal:
Giving is one of our greatest joys. It is also one of the most fearless and powerful gestures there is. When we trust that we live in an abundant universe and allow ourselves to give freely, we raise our frequency, strengthen our faith, and feel awesome, thereby putting ourselves in flow and the position to receive abundant amounts in return.
I’ve also read (well, listened to in the car) The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. In his book, he talks about the Compound Effect, which essentially means that every small, seemingly trivial decision you make every day adds up – and how to make either help you or explain how it’s been hurting you. It’s a really good read (or listen)… and it’s encouraging. Even though the little things I’m doing now may not seem like much, I believe that in time they WILL add up and become something great! Hardy’s book is full of excellent examples of this.
The truth is, what you do matters. What you do today matters. What you do every day matters. Successful people just do the things that seem to make no difference in the act of doing them and they do them over and over and over until the compound effect kicks in.
So now that I’ve taken the plunge and delved into the self-help section in the bookstore (and I’m awaiting an Amazon shipment of 7 more…. not even an exaggeration) I hope that you, too, will pick up some of these books! Whether you struggle with money, career, relationships, self-esteem, faith, etc., there IS a book out there that will speak to you. If you have one that already holds a special place in your heart, let me know! I’d love to hear it!
Happy (motivational) Monday!