A major problem that I have become aware of in the self- improvementsphere is the desire to find a quick fix for personal problems. That, and the idea that one book or that one video will really change everything and snap you out of the downward spiral of regression.
“You cannot make yourself magnetic by merely reading all the books in the world on the subject. No one can impart power to you because no one can create power for you. All power comes from within.” – Theron Q. Dumont
No one is going to do the work for you. I know many people who have read popular self- improvement books and not benefited whatsoever. The reason for their failure is the unwillingness to apply and practice the knowledge learned from the book.
As a matter of fact, I was recently talking to a friend about a book which we had both recently read and she told me that she had read it as food for thought and hadn’t actually tried any of the self- development techniques from the book.
I told her that the only real way to get the most out of anything you read is to experiment and practice what you have learned. How else would you know if there is any truth to what you’ve read?
What I didn’t tell my friend was that if you’re not experimenting with what you read or practice what you read, then you are basically wasting your time.
If you want to attract something to your life (be magnetic), then you have to take the potential energy which is the power (knowledge) acquired and put it into action, taking that potential energy and making it kinetic.
When you have acted upon knowledge and made that power kinetic is when the magic of manifestation occurs. You can read all the research and books written on physical fitness, but you’ll never become physically fit by reading books unless you start picking up weights after you put down the books.
One of the best ways I know to get the best the most out of books you read is to dedicate a whole month to reading one book. If that means you read that book 10 times from front to back, then so be it. Take notes and dedicate time to experimenting with that you’re learning.
Reading a book only once is rarely enough to really absorb all of the knowledge contained in a book. Long- term exposure to specific reading material will increase your ability to recall and internalize what you learn. Take notes on what you read as well as on how your experiments turn out.
If you already think you have a solid understanding of a book you read, then I challenge you to write as much as you can about what you’ve learned as see what you are able to produce. Your results may surprise you.
Reading is a great way to improve yourself as long as you act upon the knowledge that you absorb. Doing so is to be wise. Knowing that having good hygiene habits is not enough to prevent illness and poor health. You have to DO the habits to have the health; knowing is not enough.
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” – Bruce Lee