The Self-Help Quagmire
It’s almost as if all over the world, the baby-boomers of the fifties and sixties have either just reached retirement or are rapidly approaching it; and they are sitting back and asking the question: Is this it? Is this what I’ve been slaving away for sixty hours a week to achieve? Into this vacuum of knowledge and doubt, riding astride their white chargers come the self-help gurus to solve all of our problems with their particular system or program.
Since I began my own voyage of self-discovery around four years ago, I’ve read, listened to, or watched many of these programs and let me tell you right off the bat – many of them are incredibly compelling and hard to resist. I thank God every single day that I don’t have a credit card because I have no doubt if I did, I would have succumbed to the temptation on numerous occasions and my shelves would be filled, like so many other people’s, with books, DVD’s and computer programs that I’d read or viewed and then consigned to the shelf in the sure and certain knowledge that my life was about to get better – NOT!
Now, I’ve never paid any of these people a cent (although it’s quite probable that one day I will – as there is so much more I want to know) but my point is there is enough free information on any of their websites to literally change your life FOREVER. I want to give you just a few of the absolute gems that I have discovered to date on my journey. Over the next six weeks I will expand on each of these in turn, but for now I would like to just give you some food for thought and ideas on what makes for a life full of purpose and joy:
- Life is SUPPOSED to be good: You are meant to live a life of joy and happiness, doing what you absolutely love doing and making a difference. You were not meant to live a life of struggle and pain – What would be the point of your life?
- Attitude is Everything: I love Henry Ford’s quote to describe best what I mean by this: “If you think you can, or if you think you can’t – you’re right.” Everything we do needs to be approached with an attitude of achievement.
- Love is the ultimate power in the Universe: Everything good, joyful and wonderful in this world and in our life is brought about by love. The key to success and happiness is to “fall in love with life”.
- Fear, doubt, anxiety, and worry rob us of the wonderful opportunities that are presented to us every single day. The key is to live in the PRESENT!
- Happiness IS a choice: Happiness is a personal choice that we can and should make every single day. Why would you decide to be unhappy? As Andy Shaw would say in his no-nonsense way; “That’s just insanity!”
- Gratitude is the oil that makes the engines of abundance flow freely. I can’t actually tell you where I got this little gem of a quote from, but to me it sums it up perfectly. “If the only prayer you ever utter in your entire life is; ‘Thank You’, then that is enough”.
So there we have it; the six fundamental, core beliefs I now live my life by. As I said earlier, I’ll devote the next six blogs to expanding and explaining more about those core beliefs. Why? Because it really is that critical to understanding the power of the Universe. There are so many “gurus” out there now, that sometimes you just have to strip away the puffery and look at the core. All of the gurus have these core beliefs, they just have their own unique way of presenting them and in doing so, have created an enormous, billion-dollar industry.
This article is an abridged version of a much more expansive article on the topic. The full text of the original article can be found here: http://grantleishman.weebly.com/my-blog/self-improvement-quagmire