Grow.

Personal growth is something I am obsessed with.  I LOVE reading self-help books.

I was a self-help junkie.

But, I was still not living the life I wanted. I was unhappy. I went from book to book, searching for answers on how to have that happy, shiny life the back of the book promised.

I’m going to share a huge secret with you, though you have to promise not to tell everyone else, because otherwise all these people who make their living from selling self-help books will get very upset at me for sharing this secret.

The majority of people who attend self-help seminars or read the books are all desperately looking for someone else to change their lives. They refuse to take responsibility for their lives and firmly believe that the only way they can change is if some guru waves their magic wand and blesses them. Then, and only then, will they have permission, and the ability, to change.

Here’s a newsflash.

No guru, no self-help book, no seminar, is going to change your life.

The only way you are going to change your life is if  YOU decide to change it.

You can read the books, but if you are not willing to take responsibility for what you have in your life and accept your own power and ability to change it, you are never going to get the changes you want.

That’s right. You’ll just stay the same.

People are far too willing in today’s society to give away their personal power and responsibility for their lives. They are always jumping from diet to diet or from health fad to health fad or whatever, hoping that one of them will actually make a difference for them.

If you want to change your life you need to follow these 5 steps:

Make a decision right now that you are going to change your life. Make a commitment to change.

Take responsibility for everything that is in your life, no matter how good or bad. You created and accepted it into your life, and as such, you can change it.

Decide what you do want in your life, what you are going to accept and what you are not going to accept. If you don’t know what you want, look at what you don’t want, and the opposite of that is what you want. Decide on who and what you want to be. Create an action plan for change. Create a plan for how you are going to make these changes.

And the most important step of all, DO IT. That’s right, do it and make the changes. This is the step that separates the achievers and successful people from the dreamers living a life of mediocrity.  Just wake up and DO something positive for yourself.

If you have been attending all these seminars, reading these books and you still haven’t managed to change your life, then look inside yourself and ask this question:

“Am I taking responsibility for changing my life?”

If the answer is no, then take responsibility and start changing your life today.  Start creating the life of your dreams; the life you deserve.

You can wait for an eternity for someone else to make the changes for you, and it’ll never happen. YOU just have to DO it yourself. Stop putting things off now, because the more you put things off the more painful and difficult it will get.

P.S. If you are reading this and saying “I tried” or “I can’t” or something similar then you absolutely need to re-read this article right now two or three times and implement it into your life. It is time to stop trying and start doing.

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