In the last newsletter, I mentioned that we’ve become a society that consumes content. So much personal development and growth content is produced on a daily basis that it’s incomprehensible.
I don’t think any of it is bad
Actually much of what is out there is quite useful, positive, and motivating, not just for readers, but also for the creators.
It’s good for people to share their story and struggle, specially if it helps them release long standing trauma and pain.
For some, that is the only way to overcome such pain.
Unfortunately, consuming content has a negative impact on productivity
When you consume too much content, you become a consumer of content.
Consuming trains your mind and body to consume more. Overtime, it becomes a habit, so the mind, body, muscles, feelings, and thoughts become accustomed to experiencing the world that way.
Although what you hear will be motivating, inspiring, and make you want to get up and do something, you actually won’t. That is because you haven’t developed the muscles to take action. You’ve simply developed the muscles to sit, read, listen, watch, and passively consume.
So instead of taking action, you’ll procrastinate or put off for another day to put the idea into practice. By then, the idea will either be lost, forgotten, or the motivation to take action gone.
And guess what then?
You’re back to consuming more content.
It becomes a perpetual cycle
The more you consume, the more you dig the grave of consumption. Each time you do it, you’ll feel like you are doing something productive, because you are learning or taking steps toward growth. Unless you take action, learning in of itself can become a form of procrastination called creative avoidance.
It’s easy to get stuck in a pattern of receiving advice and never putting it to use.
And that’s a pattern many of us fall into.
We consume newsletters, blogs, articles, podcasts, YouTube videos, seminars, and other personal development programs like entertainment. Entertainment gives us a rush of positive feel good emotions, and so does personal development content.
Once the feelings wear off, we do it again, and again, and again.
You can’t expect that just because advice is valuable, motivating, or inspiring that you’ll take action on it
In order to take action, you have to develop the habit of applying advice.
You have to build the muscles to apply advice.
More importantly, you have to get comfortable applying advice, otherwise the discomfort of doing something new will stop you dead in your tracks.
Over the next few weeks, I will share valuable tips on how to do this. They will help you overcome unconscious resistance to taking action.
Until next time,
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