I’m a self-proclaimed self-help book junkie, and lately I’ve been noticing a little pattern:
When I have a problem, I immediately think of a book that I “need” to read to fix my problem.
Staying in PJs for most of the day again? I better pick up my copy of Frumps to Pumps! Getting off track of our financial goals? Time to review some of The Total Money Makeover! Worried and weary? I’ll read another chapter of Traveling Light! Kids acting a little wild? I need to pick up The Strong-Willed Child again!
Those books are all fantastic books that I highly recommend, but the problem is that while we can spend as much time as we want to reading about something, unless we put down the books and start doing, we aren’t really accomplishing a whole lot of good for anyone.
So, instead of picking up another book about decluttering (which I already know how to do), I need to pick up a trash bag and get to work! Kids acting up? I need to discipline them! If I’m letting worry steal my joy, then I need to pray about it and choose to trust God as I turn my attention to better things.
These fantastic books have their place, and I don’t plan to quit reading my beloved self help books, but I do need to make sure that I don’t let the reading stop me from the doing.
Think about what you need or want to do that you’ve been putting off, and I’ll think of something too.
Now let’s stop reading about it, stop talking about it, stop obsessing about it, stop procrastinating or making excuses, and just do it!