“There’s two kinds of people in this world when you boil it all down. You got your talkers and you got your doers. Most people are just talkers, all they do is talk. But when it is all said and done, it’s the doers that change this world. And when they do that, they change us, and that’s why we never forget them. So which one are you? Do you just talk about it, or do you stand up and do something about it? Because believe you me, all the rest of it is just coffee house and bullshit.” - Rocco, The Boondock Saints.
When I was young(er, because still totally in the prime of my life here) I read all the self help books I got my hands on. I always loved them; I liked to read, I love to learn, especially if it involves copious amounts of excellent living, and so I downed self help books like hipsters down Starbucks coffee. But no substantial change ever took place from all the reading. Just reading never did the trick.
The funny thing is that when it comes to fitness, everyone understands reading a book with exercises doesn’t make you fit. That reading a diet book in itself drop the pounds. That knowing how to make a green smoothie is not going to make your skin glow.
It’s the same with self help, maybe even more so: You can know you should stop hanging around the Internet, but unless you do it you won’t know just how much time really is in a day. You can know you should make to-do lists and plan, but unless you use it, your life will still be a chaotic at-the-last-minute mess, no matter how many benefits you can name of to-do lists. I can tell you every reason why yoga is amazing for you, but if I am not doing it I am not actually gaining anything now, am I. No matter how many benefits you know are in a sugarless diet or raw food, if you don’t eat it you won’t feel it. See what I mean?
Knowing the path is different than walking it (Morpheus – The Matrix). I want you to know the path, and actually take the steps on it.
I want you to actually do the things you know are good for you. Start taking all the little figments of self help knowledge you have and implement hem, piece by piece, a few every day, a week, or a month. So you can truly experience what you can do for yourself. So you actually truly help yourself.
Do it, dear little darling. Don’t look at different yoga schools online: Go to a yoga class today. Don’t read about the benefits of raw food: Eat a salad instead of that sandwich with mayo. Don’t read a book on productivity: Work uninterrupted for an hour. Don’t just read my articles on positivity and manifesting: Spend 10 minutes making a gratitude or a universal wish list. Listen to music instead of mindlessly watching a television show while doing your homework (improves concentration). Make a to-do list and hop straight into the Top Priority Item until it’s done.
Be fucking excellent today. True personal excellence is in taking action upon the things you know are right.