This guest post is from Sim Campbell of Unstoppable Rise, a site dedicated to relentless personal development with a strong philosophical slant. He has made it his mission to examine what it means to live an expansive and fulfilling life in the modern world.
Somehow, someway… you’ve come to this inevitable, irrevocable conclusion: “I need to get my shit together.”
So what do you do? You talk to a close friend about how you need a life change – fast. Or…. you just type “how do I …” in Google and you’ll probably come across a number of personal development sites.
You’ll probably stumble across my site, Del’s or many of the other great blogs in this racket. Some sites will recommend you a smorgasbord of books, videos, and other material.
You take advice and you start reading. One book down. Another book. And another. And another. You start watching the videos. YES! So motivational!
Pretty soon, you’ve gulped down everything you can related to personal development. Months go by. Years.
Nothing’s happened. How can this be?
You put gas in the car, but you didn’t start it.
The Deeeeeep Trap of Personal Development
One HUGE tragedy I observe with a lot of people who are even decades deep into this stuff is that they don’t take fucking action. All they do is absorb content and don’t apply it.
How do I know?
I used to be one of those people. I thought “someday” I’d get around to those personal development ideas. Someday I’d take action. Someday.
But some day never came. It because it’s wasn’t a habit. Once it’s a habit, you’ll be able to do it with ease.
But here’s the truth…you’re not a fucking kitchen sponge. You’re absorbing all this content and you’re not implementing it. That’s baaaaad man. That’s real bad.
Now you’re asking: “how do I start to shift from consuming to applying?”
Here’s the answer: you need character, ‘hon. What does character have to do with any of this?
What does character have to do with any of this?
You need strong character to follow through on ideas. The word “character” comes from a Greek word meaning “to chisel”. How does the artist make a beautiful sculpture if he doesn’t work? Answer: he doesn’t. The same is with you. If you don’t apply what you learn, you’re chiseling away at jack and shit.
The word “character” comes from a Greek word meaning “to chisel”. How does the artist make a beautiful sculpture if he doesn’t work? Answer: he doesn’t. The same is with you. If you don’t apply what you learn, you’re chiseling away at jack and shit.
Think of every concept in a personal development book, audio, whatever… as a chance to chisel yourself into the “statue” that you want to be.
If you want to be a solid fucking man, you’ll need to into the workshop of life and start woodshedding.
If you follow through on this… and successful make it a habit—you’ll enhance your character and make insane progress in life and personal development.
But you have to start somewhere.
“But what if I don’t know how to do it?”
The great Ralph Waldo Emerson had a quote that talks about this:
“Do the thing and you shall have the power”.
You don’t “have the power and you shall do the thing.” No, it doesn’t work like that. You must suck before you become any good.
You need to act, then course correct. You’re going to fall flat on your face several times before you get something right. Then you’ll start to gain competency.
My tip? Just. Fucking. Start.
Don’t start tomorrow, or the day after, start now with what you have…where you are.
You think Bill Gates started with a million dollar company when he and Paul Allen founded Microsoft?
You think Walt Disney was a gazillionaire when he decided to follow through with Disney?
Everyone who came from what we consider “nothing” decided to take the first step.
Take the first step. Then take the next one. That’s how you get from here to there.
How to Implement Personal Development Techniques
This is one of the most effective methods I have ever used for establishing lasting change through personal development.
1. Get a sheet of paper and write “Personal Development Techniques” at the top.
2. For every new concept you come across, write it down on this sheet of paper along with how to do it.
3. Once you have a hearty list, select one area to implement into your life.
4. Do this for a minimum of 30 days until it becomes a habit.
5. Move on to the next.
Pretty soon, you’ll find yourself becoming a different person. This is soooo simple and soooo effective. However, it’s also easy not to do (as the slight edge talks about).
This is how you separate yourself from the masses when it comes to personal development. You’ll be reading articles & books and watching lectures knowing with confidence that you’ll be able to take massive action on whatever you come across.