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The “59 Seconds” Self Help Book

When ABC News interviewed me for their upcoming show on the pros and cons of positive thinking and the Law of Attraction, one of their questions was, “Why are there so many self-help books?”

Apparently a published skeptic felt that if self-help books really worked, we wouldn’t need so many of them.

Does that make sense to you?

Consider –

With all the cookbooks in the world, there will always be more published, guaranteed. With all the books on psychology, or sales, or aviation, or pottery, or martial arts, or law, or religion, or marketing, or sports, or politics, or parenting, or skepticism, or – well, name any category – there will always be more books.

That doesn’t mean there’s a problem with the books already published. It doesn’t mean there’s a problem with the fields themselves, either. It means people are still growing and learning, discovering and sharing.

But somehow with self-help, it’s not accepted.

I find that odd.

I’ve spent most of the day reading Richard Wiseman’s book, 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot. It’s mis-titled, as you can’t read much of it in 59 seconds. Still, it’s an excellent book. It’s research-based self-help. It’s packed with study after study proving or disproving concepts taught in the self-help movement. You should read it.

Side note: It’s interesting that scientific studies in the filed of psychology don’t usually come to any definitive conclusions. In other words, the studies indicate results may “suggest” a particular pattern or insight, but they don’t guarantee it. Even the so-called Law of Reciprocity can’t be guaranteed to work all the time. When you give something to someone, it’s no guarantee they’ll give you anything in return. Still, authors call it a “law” when they don’t allow any leeway for the Law of Attraction. In short, read the psychological studies as entertainment but test their conclusions in your own life. After all, a different study done with a different audience may indicate a different result. Or so it appears to suggest.

But isn’t 59 Seconds yet another self-help book?

Since it has the blessing of science behind it, it tends to be “allowed” as a self-help book, even by the skeptics.

Do you see the illogical nature of this?

I love self-help and success literature. If it weren’t for those books, and my taking action on what I read, I’d still be unknown, unpublished and unhappy.

One night I watched a documentary on happiness. An author being interviewed (I don’t recall his name) said over 70% of the people who change on their own, without therapy or a coach, do so because of a self-help book.

When celebrity fitness model Jennifer Nicole Lee visited me for the Rolls-Royce Phantom Mastermind (which ABC News filmed) she asked me, “How did you get into self-help?”

I replied, “Because I needed help.”

I told ABC News that neither I nor any self-help author I know set out to write more than one book on self-help. It’s the readers who ask for them. It’s the market that demands more. We simply supply what they request.

When I wrote The Attractor Factor, I never considered I’d write The Key or Zero Limits after it. Neither was in my mind.

And lord knows I never intended to write my recent book, Attract Money Now. That came as a result of my seeing so many people struggling. I even decided to give the digital version of the book away, for free, to help them.

I’m proud to be a self-help author. I don’t plan to write any more books, but I never thought I’d be the author of fifty books, either. (Yes, fifty.)

The point: When you need help, consider books. Yes, there are plenty to choose from. But that’s why restaurants have more than one special. Each person is different. Each desires and feels best with a particular approach.

Books that have helped me include –

The Magic of Believing

Think and Grow Rich

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Why Is This Happening to Me…Again?

The Dark Side of the Light Chasers

What self-help books have made a difference in your life?

Leave a comment and let me know.

PS – Studies suggest that if you read my new book, Attract Money Now, you’ll learn how to use the Law of Attraction to attract something you might need in your life: money.

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Important Self Help Advice That You Can Follow

By Vincent Mbatha

Personal development focuses on the growth and progression of a person over time. Personal development allows people to explore their mind and discover ways to improve themselves and their quality of life. The personal development advice in this article will help you if you wish to improve yourself.

Practice the art of being selfless. When you help others, you begin to notice the true, caring self within you by caring for others and focusing less on yourself. Helping someone else in need is one of the best stress-relievers, and when you sacrifice something of yourself to help another, you start to realize your full self.

Always think positively. There will be times that negative people and situations come into your life. You cannot control or prevent this, but you can change how you react to it when it happens. The only way you will ever get anywhere is by believing that you can succeed.

While it might seem counterintuitive to growth you need to come to grips with the fact that you are small. In the great universal scheme of things, you are quite tiny and know very little. When you grasp this fact, it becomes easier to open your mind to learning and hearing (and accepting) other people’s beliefs.

Personal development is often the province of aggressive planners. An overly-restrictive plan can be a hindrance to successful personal development, though. Plans need to remain flexible to cope with unexpected obstacles. When strategies prove unsuccessful, plans have to change to embrace alternative ideas. A flexible plan is always superior to a rigid one.

Set a reasonable and achievable goal to focus on. From a personal development standpoint, you may want to set a short-term goal achievable in a few years and a long-term goal for the direction you want your life to go in over time. Whether your goals are professional or personal, having a clearly defined result helps you set a development plan.

Some people spend a lot of time praying or talking, but forget to take the time to listen. Take 20 minutes every day to reflect on your life and how you are feeling about it. Do this alone to really gain a deeper understanding of who you are inside and out.

Do not procrastinate. The longer you put something off, the less likely you are to actually do it. You will also begin to forget why you wanted to do it in the first place. Accomplishing tasks and learning new things will help you grow as a person, so don’t wait to get started on your projects.

If you are looking to make a positive impact on the world around you, remember to treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. It is easy to forget that others are part of our personal development efforts. By making a conscious effort to treat others well, you will make it a priority to treat everybody else as well as you hope they would treat you!

As stated before, personal development involves the growth and progression of a person. Over time, people look deep within themselves to explore their mind and improve themselves and their life. Using the personal development advice found in this article, you can explore the contents of your mind and improve yourself.

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