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More self-help/self-improvement type advice in between ‘you are beautiful, just believe in yourself’ and ‘suck it up, buttercup’.
I saw a book titled You Are A Bad Ass and picked it up. The intro talks about: Are you tired of the usual self-help, then this book is for you.
Yet, here I am, half-way through, and it’s all
- Stop the negative self talk
- When you think something bad about yourself, turn it around and think something positive about yourself
- Trust your intuition
- Believe you can
- And so on…
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As you can imagine, I’m underwhelmed, and maybe feeling a little bit had, since this is EXACTLY the same as the usual self-help book. The only difference is that this one has a curse word on its cover. SHOCKING!
Self-Improvement for Me
The problem, I guess, is that I’m not some sad sack sitting alone on my couch wishing I had a girlfriend and a job that I’m not really qualified for, but really want.
I’m a regular guy, with a wife, a couple of kids, a nice house in the suburbs, and a job that pays the bills, and I don’t hate. Maybe, no one thinks a guy like me needs any self-improvement, but the truest thing I know about myself is that I COULD HAVE done better. That I SHOULD BE doing better. And, that I WANT TO BE doing better than what I’m doing right now.
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Of course, wanting something and doing it are two different things, and that’s where I need some motivation. Maybe that’s the problem. I don’t hate myself. I don’t hate my life. I’m not sad. I want a way to kick it up a notch. I want some tips, some oomph that I’m missing, a trick or two, and yeah, maybe some encouragement.
In some ways, I suppose I already KNOW what to do, what I need is a new way to get myself to do it, because the following things (that you find in every self-improvement book) are not working, and have not worked in the past.
- Positive thinking
- Visualizing myself doing things
- Writing lists of various kinds
- Scheduling time with myself in my calendar
- Daily affirmations
- Those charts where you keep track of how many days in a row you do stuff.
I guess maybe I need to dig deeper, and maybe come up with some of my own ideas.
Then, I’ll crank out my own self-help book, and it will be called:
Self-Improvement for YOU (No, not you. Buy the book next to this one) — If you still buy it, then you’re my kind of people.