When it comes to improving ourselves, one of the most important things is gathering information. It is the information after all, that exposes us to new ideas that shift our thinking and give us tools and suggestions on how to go about making positive changes and improving our lives. There are lots of different topics that fall under the realm of personal development and lots of different people disseminating the information. They each have their own style, angle, personality and way of presenting their take on the subject at hand. The amount of information combined with the amount of people presenting it makes for a whole lot of stuff to pick and choose from and we can end up taking in a whole lot. This in and of itself is really not a problem; can we ever learn too much? Probably not.
Acquiring this type of information is a big part of the journey, but for some of us, it can become the primary component. We expose ourselves to lots of great stuff, but we sometimes refrain from applying it, using the tips and techniques suggested to us, doing the necessary questioning and any of the other work that will actually make us change. While devoting ourselves to acquiring this information is certainly a good use of our time, I think we sometimes do this in place of actually using what we have learned. We know we should be doing more work on ourselves, but as long as we are still spending our time reading personal development materials, we are still doing something good so we continue to put off the real work without making ourselves feel too badly.
I know I have been guilty of this in the past and I catch myself doing it sometimes currently. I think on a subconscious level we are hoping that just absorbing the information will somehow magically change us without any effort on our part. I think the work can be uncomfortable sometimes and we resist it for one reason or another. If any of this resonates with you, please share your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!
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