I used to be more of an "avid" reader but that has greatly decreased as my preponderance to sit my butt in front of a computer screen the better part of any given day has somewhat diminished the amount of actual "books" I read. Don't get me wrong, I still buy a gazillion books with many of them being those that would be listed under the "self-help" genre.
First of all, the category of "self-help" books needs to be divided into two distinctive categories.
My tendency to not "buy into" the mass produced self-help book of the intangible sort, became apparent a few years ago when the book Who Moved the Cheese came out. It's not that I dont' think the book's parable with Sniff and Scurry and Hem and Haw wasn't clever enough but there was the niggling little thought that kept saying the people were over-reacting a bit. I mean...REALLY...every corporation in America was having corporate seminars about little mice nibbling on cheese.
At that time, I owned a corporate training company and one of the big communications firms, hired me for 8 weeks to develop seminars that ALL of their employees would be mandated to take on the subject of "ACCEPTING CHANGE". In their case, the seminars were a precursor to a giant layoff that was about to befall them. I guess you can call losing your job a form of change, but even as great of trainer (**crickets**) as I am, it it hard to spin that as a positive.
As I am more than willing to try anything once, especially if thinking about it is easier than actually doing anything about it, I did in fact try thinking my way into being rich. So far I have had minimal success. According to the film, for those of you that haven't had the privilege, there is a guy that sits in his recliner and thinks great wonderful thoughts about getting a new car and low and behold he gets one. As I recall the guy was unemployed at the time, which begs the question, is he able to afford this car... but leave it to me to question the Law of Attraction. It is a LAW after all.
So, to summarize:
I do think there are bits and pieces in self-help books that may be motivational BUT ( ya' saw that "but" coming, huh?) it is a bit of a challenge for an author to write a book in the genre of self-help unless he truly would have knowledge of the "self" that is reading it.
IN OTHER WORDS...I could (if I had any ability what-so-ever) write a book that would tell you that I can improve your happiness level by 100 percent by the end of business today. That's right...I have the magic formula to improve your self-esteem by 100 percent. Money Back guarantee!!!!
In my opinion (in most circles "my opinion" is rated on par at the same level as dog poo) the major hurdle here with my upcoming book and those that are already mass marketed is....we aren't exactly sure of your level of [whatever the author is pushing]. As we/I don't know a damn thing about you, it is a little brazen of me to say I can improve, modify, enlighten any of your emotions. Still, feel free to buy my book and I will give it a try. At least with my book the price is in direct proportion to the quality. Free...which is also, how I can offer the 100 percent money-back guarantee.
Sooooo....for the sake of trying to be a team player here, I am going to write a self-help post. Well, actually, I am just going to give you a teaser of a self-help post. For the rest of my wisdom, you will have to buy the book.
So here goes...two things you can do to improve your self-esteem by 5:00. You will look cooler and feel more self assured.
Number 1...Swimwear for winners.
For those of you that are ill at ease at the beach or pool...I am here to help.
For those of you out there that just are uncomfortable with modern swimwear, there is an alternative. I know, I know, swimming suits can be the single most crushing of the ego deflaters. Clearly, even the most awesome bodies have a little jiggle here and there.
The solution...a wetsuit. Why wear a revealing suit, when you can look super cool in a wetsuit? Anyone that is questioning this fashion choice is quickly silenced with the ever useful line:
I AM IN TRAINING...this line is sure to impress and assuage any lingering doubts they might have.
Oh, you think wetsuits are too pricey...no problem.
Cheaper fix.... SPANX. Say it with me, people...spandex is our friend!!!! That's right. I know you think that Spanx is under-garment shaping but hey...buy the black separates. Together it will look like a wetsuit. (Men, you can do this as well, just be careful not to get a top with a built in bra...well unless you need that)
To further authenticate the look be sure to find you old YMCA swimming patch or wear a gold medal around your neck.
|Hey, are you in training????|
Another tip that is sure to make you feel good about yourself. Sunglasses!! Simple fix. Everyone looks better in sunglasses.
After reading a rather interesting article over at Newsvine, where someone going by the name of Werdoomed made the comment that people's attractiveness level drops between 10-70 percent when they take their sunglasses off. Frankly, I think Werdoomed is a genius. Truly, everyone looks way more attractive with sunglasses on. I do draw the line when people keep their shades on in dark rooms and at night as that is something else entirely. It's not about looking good as much as not looking like you are "under the influence" of something.
|See, Joe COOL|
|Even non-cartoon dogs look cool in sunglasses|
|Little grandbabies look great in sunglasses|
Whoa!!! BACK THE TRUCK UP....I SAID SUNGLASSES!!!!
NOT MR. POTATO HEAD GLASSES......
|Maybe the pacifier with the Mr. Potato Head glasses isn't |
cool but it is very cute from a grandparent's point of
|OK, I am visualizing him in sunglasses. See|
I can visualize and he is still very cute.