So we showed up at another book club meeting. This was the 12th one in 2 years. We were a Personal Development book club focused on non fiction books that would help us develop our leadership skills at our jobs.
As I looked around at the people in my book club, I wondered, “what have we done with all of this knowledge we have read?” From what I could tell, not one of us had been promoted in our careers, or had done half the things we said we were going to do.
Here’s the deal. Reading these books is great for development. It does help us stay motivated and inspired, and can give us some fabulous ideas for our businesses or life.
BUT WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING WITH IT.
We have to stand on all of the books we have read, and take a GIANT LEAP into action. It is hard. And for our book club, this was the scary part that no one seemed willing or able to do.
So this got me thinking. What is the point of all of these books and the hundreds of dollars and time we have spent reading them?
As it turns out, the personal development industry is a $9.9 BILLION DOLLAR cash cow, and is projected to grow another 5.6% per year. American consumers are willing to pay lots of money for self improvement products and services!
So what have we done with all of this information? If we don’t hold ourselves accountable, it isn’t good for much.
Right then and there, we each made a commitment to each other. No more excuses. We were going to hold each other accountable. We were going to take 1-2 ACTION items, that made sense to us, to do something with.
Then we were going to check in with each other every month at this club and say “did you follow through? Did you ACT on what you said you were going to act on?”
Until we take the GIANT LEAP CALLED ACTION with this information, it is all just wasted time. ACTION coupled with ACCOUNTABILITY is even better.
So tell me, in the comments below, what have you learned from self development books and what are the things you are going to take a GIANT LEAP into to TAKE ACTION on today?