The self help industry is a growing, profitable market. You only have to type ‘self help’ into Amazon, and you will see there is over 166,000 books alone – not counting the DVDs and MP3 downloads that also appear in the search results. If you type ‘self help’ into Google you will see a staggering 133,000,000 search results. So, if you are looking at improving some aspect of your life, how do you know where to start?
Wikipedia describes ‘self help’ as a self-guided improvement – economically, intellectually or emotionally – often with a substantial psychological basis. This covers the biggest, most influential areas of your life, so you want to pick the method that is most beneficial to you. Here are some pointers to get you started in the right direction.
- Groups – this can take the form of workshops and weekly support groups. Groups can be beneficial, as you are with like-minded individuals who all want the same results. This can be of huge benefit as everyone can support each other. Some workshops will get you to either pair up with someone or group people together, to form an after group support group. The downside of groups is that you have to be honest in front of strangers about your current situation and goals you want to achieve – and this can prove an obstacle for those people who suffer from nerves or shyness.
- Books – as previously stated, Amazon have over 166,000 books under ‘self help’, so finding one that suits your needs chris hsu abax can be hard. Narrow down what area you want to improve then take some time to study the book reviews from previous buyers to get a realistic person’s view of the book – rather than the targeted jacket cover overview. Look for the bestselling books and known authors.
- Personal Life Coach – personal life coaches can work on any area of your life, as a regular telephone or face-to-face session, usually weekly or fortnightly. They may get you to complete a ‘wheel of life’ or similar ‘life overview’ questionnaire, that gets you to rate all areas of your life. Don’t shy away from this, just be honest, as each area affects the other areas of your life, the coach will want you to rate the present situation and the new situation after you have had your coaching sessions.
As with anything, the important thing with any of the above suggestions is to pick a method that suits you. Decide on a budget; research the author, coach or person running the group to get a better idea of what areas they specialise in and how they work. If you are picking a life coach or group, don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions before you commit your hard earned money. Once you’ve decided which method is for you – put your all into making that positive change.