For a Piece of Your Mind
The desire to be successful fuels an entire industry referred to as “self-help.” Available to those interested are books, tapes, seminars – you name it the industry provides it.
The average person searching for self-help material has a hard time separating the good from the bad. Which books are the good ones? Which “success system” really works? Who is the best authority on personal achievement?
Captivated by the thought of being ultra successful, millions of people spend money to find the answers. And there’s no shortage of those who want to sell their success secrets.
Tony Robbins is a popular self-help guru. You may have seen his thirty-minute infomercials. He’s written a number of best-selling books, and holds sold-out seminars around the country. Needless to say, he has caught the attention of many people looking for the “secrets of success.”
A classic in the field of self-help is Dale Carnegie’s book How to Win Friends and Influence People. And if you the book isn’t enough, you can enroll in one of hundreds of Dale Carnegie training classes being taught throughout the country.
Normal Vincent Peale and Zig Ziglar are top names in the industry segment serving success in a Christian light. For men of self-made ethic, on the other hand, Robert Ringer provides an entertaining approach. In his book Winning Through Intimidation he teaches you how to make yourself bigger than life so that not only will you have instant credibility but that never again will people take advantage of you and block your success.
If you like the thought of success but don’t care for the effort necessary to get there, subliminal tapes provide a unique alternative. While enjoying beautiful music, your subconscious is bombarded by hidden messages, which exorcise all that’s bad in you.
Want to quit overeating? Just pop in a subliminal tape and let the hidden messages “purge the urge.” With repeated listening you’ll simply lose the desire to overeat (or at least that’s what they claim).
The potential rewards of success provide the incentive for millions of people to invest in products which claim to help them to achieve their goals.
And while it’s true that “there’s more than one way to skin a cat” there are a few key characteristics that you should look for in any self self-help product or program. Use this set of criteria for judging the soundness of any self-help program.
Achievement is met by the use of both the conscious and the subconscious mind. Stay away from programs claiming to work on your subconscious mind directly (subliminal tapes, self hypnosis, etc.)
Achievement demands both mental a physical effort. You cannot merely think your way to success. Nor can you brutishly force your way either. Be wary of programs claiming that you can be successful with little thought or effort.
Success is nothing new. Stay away from “breakthrough” programs. The invention of the calculus was a breakthrough. Einstein’s theory of relativity was a breakthrough. Visualization, self-hypnosis, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming are not.
Goal attainment is methodical. Stay way from programs with mottos like “just do it.” Just do what?
Levi Hill, Copyright 1993-2003