I’m the first to admit that one of my favorite pick-me-ups is a good self-help book. In fact, I’ve written before about how it’s a good idea to have that special book be part of your manifesting tool-kit for those times when you’re feeling a bit challenged by your circumstances. But there are times when we depend too much on books. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, it’s time to consider putting the book down:
—You’re putting off starting a new project or working toward an important goal because you want to read one more book to make sure you’re doing it right.
—You already know all of the concepts in the book.
—You find yourself getting depressed or feeling down each time you finish reading your self-help book of the month.
—You haven’t applied the concepts of the last book that you read to your life.
—You feel like you don’t know what to do with your life and need a book to tell you.
—You take no time to process what you read before opening a new self-help book.
Self-help books are designed to empower you; they shouldn’t be a crutch that you need to feel good. If a book’s concepts aren’t good enough to apply, then why are you reading it? I’m currently reading Wishes Fulfilled by Wayne Dyer, and he spends a chapter talking about the importance of seeing your desires achieved in your mind’s eye. He describes his process writing the book and says that each day while he was writing, he would see the completed book — including the cover — in his mind’s eye. In the last couple of days, I’ve been applying that strategy and visualizing my own unfinished business complete and resolved in the manner that I want it to be.
If a self-help book only lives long enough in your mind for you to finish it and you’re immediately off to the next words of wisdom, consider going on a metaphysical diet and giving yourself an opportunity to listen to your own wisdom for a change.