Ever read a self-help book you loved? Ever read a self-help book that didn’t change you as you had hoped? Ever want to know how to effectively read a self-help book?
Reading a self-help book is different than a novel. With a novel you can find yourself quickly getting from the front to back cover without having to think about what you should do with what you just read. Where as, with a self-help book there are success stories and lessons we can learn from that which make us THINK how this can help us.
The trouble is, we hear many stories of people who just didn’t get anything from what they learned – including me. There is an art to reading a self-help book. And, what you learn from it can change your life FOREVER.
Mortimer Adler said, “….a good book can teach you about the world and about yourself. You learn more than how to read better; you also learn more about life. You become wiser. Not just more knowledgeable – books that provide nothing but information can produce that result. But wiser, in the sense that you are more deeply aware of the great and enduring truths of human life.”
Reading a self-help book should be more like savoring a delicious meal you don’t normally get. Something you don’t want to forget.
Now Mortimer Adler knew his stuff about how to read a self-help book. In fact, what you’re about to learn here will help you achieve great success because you’re going to apply what you learned – it’s why you picked up the self-help book to begin with. I must give a lot of credit to Mortimer Adler for what he has taught us is, the power isn’t in the reading but in what you applied.
So, how do you read a self-help book?
There are four ways to make the best of what you’ve learned and helping you positively change your life forever.
First off, after you’ve found the right self-help book what you want to do is read it from front to back and bookmark the pages you want to revisit. Don’t worry about how you’re going to apply what you’ve just learned. The purpose of this is to see if there is an interest level for you. If there is, then you want to do the second thing.
Secondly, get yourself a highlighter and pen or pencil and begin re-reading the book. This time highlight areas of interest, make notes within the book and do all of the exercises.
Thirdly, after you’ve read it for the second time, revisit your notes and begin to apply what you’ve learned in each of the exercises. Don’t worry about applying all of the new ideas you’ve just learned. Only focus on doing one at a time. As you apply each of them, then you must do the most important and final step.
Finally, you’ve read the book a few times, became engaged in the book and applied what you learned. Now you must use the power of consistency. That means to repeat these steps or at a minimal re-reading the book and re-applying what you’ve learned.
If you follow these four steps, you will now know how to read a self-help book and you will also begin changing your life. I don’t consider myself an expert but I do know this has worked for me, however, if you want to know what Mortimer Adler suggests, pick up his book called “How to Read a Book“?
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