What do YOU think of the advertising language used in the self-help world?
“Find your purpose and learn to embrace your inner beauty in three months!”
“Embrace miracles and live the life you were BORN to live.”
You know the drill.
Sometimes the programs don’t deliver what you’re looking for. You could say that it’s a case of high expectations, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s frustrating.
You spend hundreds (maybe thousands) of hard-earned money, invest time in said programs, and sometimes you come out of the program a couple hundred dollars poorer with minimal gain.
I don’t mean to disrespect those who devote their lives to these programs. They work for some; they have helped thousands of people.
Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer, the list goes on. And on. And on.
But the reality is that not everyone can afford to spend hundreds of dollars on these programs, and there’s no guarantee that they will work for you.
My experiences on my own journey has prompted me to talk about books and other resources that I have found helpful (or not so helpful as the case may be).
Yes, it’s more than likely that you will have heard of (or read, or seen) some of these resources already. I’m not trying to force my opinion on you. I’m simply trying to offer you the resources that I have found useful should you need or want them.
I hope that these resources can make you into the person you want to be without you having to withdraw a 3 (or 4)-figure sum from your checking account.
So let’s start things off, shall we?
The Science of Getting Rich (Walter D. Wallace)
Wait, hold on. There’s a science to getting rich?
Or at least, that was my thought, when a friend first suggested this book to me. I flipped the book over and read a quote on the back. It said something like, “The most valuable book you will ever own.”
Or something like that.
When I read that line, I thought, “Oh great. Not again.” All this book needed was a landing page, and more glowing recommendations from professionally photographed people on a website.
If you’re looking for a short read to get your feet wet, this is it. It’s less than 200 pages.
But Wallace packs a lot into those pages.
This isn’t to say that once you read this book, your dream will come knocking on your door with open arms, but it helps a lot just knowing that your thoughts about your goal are not just your head getting lost in the clouds if you focus on your goal and set an intention.
“The thought of an oak tree does not cause the instant formation of a full-grown tree, but it does start in motion the forces which will produce the tree, along established lines of growth.”
So, in your case, the thought of your dream career (or life partner or car, or whatever you’re trying to bring into your life) doesn’t ensure that the thing will arrive wrapped in a giant bow on your doorstep, but it let’s the universe know you want it, and the universe rearranges itself so that you CAN have it.
The best part is that he tells you how to do it.
Not in a follow-the-recipie-checklist kind of way. Because, let’s face it. As awesome as this book is, it was written in the 1900s. I had to read the book twice because it wasn’t the language I was used to reading. Diction aside, the guy tells you how to make you dreams come true (cough, visualization and gratitude, cough) and why you need to do what he tells you (i.e.: why visualization is so powerful).
Pretty powerful, eh?
And if you go to the Law of Attraction website, it can be downloaded for free in PDF form. Who doesn’t like free stuff?
Are there any books YOU’VE read on your personal journey that you’ve found particularly helpful? Are there any resources you’d like to see here?
Feel free to suggest potential names for the series! I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Image Credit: Pinterest