I want you to imagine each self-improvement article you’ve ever read as part of a continuous scroll of paper. Now, if you grab hold of the end (the last article you read) and walk backwards, how far would you have to walk before you got to the end? Most people would be toddling on for miles.
Now I want you to imagine the action you’ve taken from all of these inspiring articles and see it again as a scroll. Again, take hold of the end (your last action step) and start stepping. How far would you go before you got to your first action?
If you’re like most, you will have puttered out after a football field or so. Now compare that to the information you’ve taken in. That difference is the reason your life isn’t what you want it to be. And the only way to make it better is to bridge the gap. With action.
First step: Stop reading all these self-improvement articles!!!
I’ve had clients who frittered away literally four hours a day reading self-improvement articles. When I first asked these people if they had any low-value habits, they said no (emphatically!). But when they couldn’t check off the goals they were supposed to in a day, I knew there was a block. And it was ironically the self-improvement articles!!!
See, if a self-improvement article is worth reading, it won’t just inspire you—it will give you relevant action steps that, if implemented into your daily planner, will make your life measurably better with consistent practice. But that’s not how most readers on “self-improvement” websites actually read articles…
They get high off of inspiring and empowering stories. And instead of channeling that inspiration into action—and confidence, and self-mastery—their feeling fades. Because they didn’t act. And when the inspiration fades, they instinctively go back to read another article so that they can feel better—like an addict!—which actually destroys their confidence and productivity! Really, we need to inspire ourselves by actually improving and achieving goals and committing to healthy habits.
That’s how self-improvement keeps you from improving yourself.
But most websites don’t care about you and your self-improvement. So instead of cautioning you to limit the intake of their articles, and to act on the value in them, they flood their blogs with beautiful pictures and clickbait links that compel you to click and read; click and read; click and read. Not to act. Because to them, you are nothing more than a dollar sign. And if their content leads you to act more and read less, they lose money!!!
The more you read, and the more people like you they can hook, the more money they make. And they make money regardless of whether you improve.
So stop reading so many damned articles. Start improving yourself instead.
If you’re not actively taking notes and planning action steps into your daily planner, you’re not benefiting from the articles. In fact, you’ll only be wasting your time when you could be improving yourself! which is a major drain on your confidence and self-esteem. But the sites will continue to make money off of you anyway.
Millennial Success is different.
We will never, ever make a dime through advertising—because our goal is to limit how often you visit this site. We want you to be too busy making awesome decisions to sit on your butt reading fluff all day. Actually, we discourage ninety percent of the average audience from reading our articles because ninety percent of people only read to temporarily feel better, which is enormously disempowering. And that’s not what we’re about.
We’re here to get your outside of your comfort zone. We’re here to challenge you, and to push you to act on the value we share. Because that’s what people who actually want to improve really need: a push! Not just inspiration.
It’s just that ninety percent of readers aren’t interested in taking action and living an inspired life. But if you’re still reading, and if you haven’t unsubscribed from our mailing list, you’re one of the few. And we’re about to push you harder than any site ever has–just like we do our clients.
Second step: take a weeklong fast from reading any articles
Seriously. No articles for a week. Stop feeding the information beast. Instead, we’re pushing you to act on the value we’ve shared with you in this e-course. It’s valuable enough for our clients to pay thousands of dollars for, so it’s valuable enough for you.
We’re not saying that we know everything, or that we have everything you’ll ever need. (We’ll refer you to God for that.) But we know for a fact that the inspired life comes through a consistent habit of planning everything you need to feel good about yourself and to be successful. Hence,
We also know that no one else on earth can plan for your best life but you. You know what inspires you best; you know what resonates with your purpose; you know what makes you feel incredible—because you’re the one living your life! But, in order to act on all this information, you have to take notes and schedule reminders. Otherwise the action steps will be lost to history. So,
The last thing we know is that another self-improvement article won’t make your life better. But action will! So we invite you act on our last recommendation:
Take a weeklong article fast.
After that week of planning and acting, and generating your own inspiration!, incorporate articles back into your week in a very limited way. Once a week is great–which is how frequently Millennial Success will send you new lessons. (Your next lesson will be on how to use smartphones to your advantage.) Three times per week is decent. But definitely don’t make it a daily habit.
Instead, plan specific times to read, to take notes on, and to plan action steps from your self-improvement articles.This is your gateway into the proactive and reflective life. This is your chance to eliminate distractions and be the person you want to be. And Millennial Success will push you to become your best self.
Sound too tough? Well, go read Huffington Post or any other site that doesn’t give a flip about you. Just unsubscribe from our list before you do.