Self Self-Help

Why do we read self-help books? What are we seeking?

We want something to change, something to be different, better than it is now.

But most self-help books are glorified fluff pieces (I know, I’ve read like all the books them) they make you feel good but don’t lead you to change anything.

You read one then you’re onto the next.

The problem is change is tough. It takes work to lose weight, to start a business, to run a marathon, to get off the couch and do something, anything.

So what’s a self-helper to do?

Make the downsides of not taking action worse than changing. 

What’s worse?

Getting up off the couch and going for a run weekly, sweating yourself to fit, or looking back on your life on the couch with regret.

Traveling, figuring things out as you go, or never leaving your hometown even though you dream of traveling the world.

Changing, despite the fear, embarrassment, and possibility of failure, or feeling stuck and staying the same.

Always let the cost of inaction be greater than the potential cost of action.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner