There must be thousands of bookshops in the UK, each one in turn containing hundreds, possibly thousands of self improvement books. I would imagine for any aspect of your business or personal life that you want to improve somebody out there will have written a book about it. Years of trial and error, research and experimentation condensed into a couple of hundred pages and available to you for a few quid – brilliant!
Here’s something else. If you are not into books the Internet has got everything you need and probably in a form you can watch or listen to if that’s your bag. I learned to ski by watching skiing videos on YouTube (if you are interested go to YouTube and type ‘learn to ski’ and there they all are) it’s amazing.
So if everything you need is available in a form that suits you why, I wonder, is everybody not great at everything? The answer is simple and comes down to these three things: –
- A desire to improve – some people are happy the way they are and don’t want to change, which is perfectly fine. Others think they are as good as they can be and so don’t believe they need to change. A dangerous sentiment and one that is seldom true in my experience.
- Time – the biggest delimiter for success. But here’s the thing if you have no time or mental focus left over to improve yourself then you are committing yourself to stay as you are. You may be OK with this, but if not face up to the fact that lack of action equals lack of change: you are destined to swim in the lake of Status Quo (not, I hasten to say, a lake owned by the ageing 1970’s rock band) forever.
- Risk – how many people know stuff but don’t apply it? Loads I’d say. If you are not able to take the risk of failure and all that comes with it then you absolutely will not move forward. “Learn – experiment – refine” is my belief; a combination that is the very foundation of greatness.
So if you are not satisfied with where you are in life don’t focus on the pain of not being where you want to be but rather ask yourself how much are you prepared to sacrifice to get there. If you sacrifice some time to learn something new and then are willing to experiment with this new knowledge, probably failing along the way, then you will change your circumstances. If you won’t then be prepared to maintain the status quo in your life.
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