This post isn’t going to be popular. People aren’t going to like what I’m saying, but it needs to be said. Regardless of what other gurus would like you to believe there’s something you need to know. And you already know it.
It’s a well kept secret because of the nature of the industry, but because of my commitment to delivering the truth I’m willing to share it with you. Are you ready?
The truth about self-improvement is that the gurus don’t know anything more than you do. I’ve spent years of my life dedicating my life to personal development and determining the nature of reality, and the further I go the more confused I get.
I may have mastered the art of implementing new habits, and I may have developed a great work ethic in the process, but does that make me any better than you? I may have internalized the ideas of knowing when to quit, and knowing how to build relationships, but is that something you don’t know, or merely something you haven’t internalized?
See, the only reason gurus exist isn’t because we know more than you, it’s because we do more than you. The nature of personal development resides almost entirely in truisms. Sure, research may have taught me a few things you don’t know about sleep, but even if you haven’t spent a day in your life reading you’d still know 90% of the things it takes to get to the next level. Bloggers, motivational speakers, etc. are here merely to remind you of truisms you may have forgetten about during your daily life, and to show you that if we can change, then you can too.
Once you’ve read a couple books on personal development reading more isn’t what’s going to give you epiphanies that change the way you see the world. Subscribing to more blogs isn’t what’s going teach you the nature of reality. No, it’s much more difficult than that.
The truth of the matter is that the answers aren’t out there waiting to be found. You already have them, and you know it. They’re hidden among layers of lies, and fear, but they’re still available to you if you’re willing to dig deep down. Doing so may be painful, but if you want the truth, what other choice do you have?
There may be many methods you can use to examine your beliefs, but the strategy you use isn’t particularly important. The big thing is that you have the courage to face whatever you may find. One method I’ve used in the past is sitting in a quiet room by myself for hours thinking about the way I think about the world, but what I’ve found to be even more effective is a method my buddy Linus introduced me to.
He suggested to me that writing your thoughts, and beliefs about the world is even more effective because it allows you to more easily see what conflicts and also examine your beliefs somewhat more objectively.
I won’t go into details about his specific method of digging as he’s already written a post about it, but definitely make time to check it out.
I don’t have anything more to add so I’m going to end this post here. I’m sure the ideas here weren’t new to you, but I’m sure you found this reminder helpful. I’m not going to give you a call to action today because you already know what you need to do. Do it. Seize the day.
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