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Why Self Help Programs and eBooks won't Help You Succeed in Life

May 23, 2008
There must be hundreds -- if not thousands -- of self-help programs and e-books available online, but can any of these resources actually help you succeed in life?

The truth is that many self-help e-books are worth while, and they can give you resources to build upon to create a better life. But they can't create that "better life" for you. In order to succeed and create better circumstances, you must take 100% responsibility for your thoughts and behavior, as well as the results you are getting in life.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to two things: your willingness to learn, and your ability to convert the contents of these e-books and other programs into a concrete plan action to succeed in life.

Unfortunately, many people go from program to program; from e-book to e-book, constantly jumping on the "next big thing," without taking daily action to put any of these techniques into action. And without consistent action, no self-help e-book can help you succeed in life.

As a life coach, I have been in contact with many people who could only be described as "self-help junkies." Usually, these people are voracious readers, and have the very best of intentions to change their life for the better. The problem is that they seldom stick to any particular program. They'll read a few the e-books here, and watch a few videos there, and try a few other programs that are similar, and in the end, they just become confused by trying to integrate so many disparate approaches to self-improvement.

The best approach to self-help (whether you are using e-books, videos or some other program) is to find a few resources that resonates strongly with you-- that you feel passionate about-- and a stick to them like glue. The most important aspect of this is that the program or e-book you choose is "right" for you -- and that you believe strongly in it.

Belief and faith are critically important in personal development. Any program you choose to follow, no matter how popular or insightful it may be, is bound to fail if you do not personally believe in it. Belief and faith are what causes us to follow through and to take action. And without taking action, you cannot succeed in life, no matter what kind of e-book or program you are using.

And it's worthwhile to mention that even classic books that have helped thousands of people, like "The Power of Positive Thinking," or "The Science of Getting Rich" will not help everyone. Personal development is just that -- personal. Just because someone else (or even many people) respond well to a certain program or e-book doesn't mean that you will.

After all, making changes to help you succeed in life is all about personal responsibility. No matter what program you use, it will always be your responsibility to follow through and create change in your life. Programs and e-books can only show us the way -- but each of us has to "walk the walk" ourselves.

No guru, ebook author or self-help program can do that for you; to succeed in life, you must absorb the best ideas available to you, and then put them into action in your day-to-day life. After all, it's not called "self" help for nothing.
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