“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” Alice in Wonderland
Do you guys love Disney’s Alice in Wonderland? I love the creativity of the Disney cartoon version, the strange characters, the bizarre story line, etc;
The quote taken from the movie is very suitable for this blog for several different reasons.
What do you do when certain topics trend on your site?
“Oh, you just create more content along those lines” would probably be the obvious answer. Yet when it comes to self-help I’m slightly torn.
I’ve realised that the best self-help that I’ve come across is: prayer, reading The Bible and going to church.
I now look forward to my Sundays when I turn off my gadgets and spend time with my youngest brother building our awesome fortress in Minecraft or attempting to re-create our awesomeness in the real-world via Lego. Just to mention one example.
Yet reviews that I’ve written about self-help books keeps on trending on my site and I’m wondering how to best feed that demand.
Mental training really helped me when it came to dealing with stage-fright specifically. I found it difficult to deal with expectations and denial coming from others when it came to my own talents.
Even though I’m way beyond the technical level of my heavy metal recordings these days thanks to my classical work, I had to deal with people who did not think that I was the one playing the guitar on my own heavy metal recordings when I first started out.
Dealing with this doubt from industry people and knowing that there were those who showed up at my concerts only to see and check whether or not I actually knew how to hold a guitar was very difficult.
As my fingers became faster and faster turning me into a guitar virtuoso the expectations just kept on increasing.
Due to this it was a Godsend that my manager had heard about mental training due to her own interest in sports.
We started applying this to my practise routine and it improved my own experience of playing live dramatically.
The self-help industry though isn’t necessarily geared towards that.
It promises to enhance all aspects of your life, but if you’ve ever read a Bible you’ll probably recognise that a lot of what it is trying to address are issues that religion already has.
You’re not really praying to something outside of yourself though, it is all very much internalised, and this can quite easily evoke a feeling of emptiness.
An alternative doctor who is a good friend of the family revealed to me that it is possible to meditate oneself into a “psychosis” and that excessive meditation might lead to “depression.“
Nobody had ever told me that, nor had I read about this.
I don’t think it will ever harm you to direct your love outwards towards other people or God, but I can in part understand why meditation might lead you down dark alleyways.
Another reason as to why I now feel a bit odd about self-help is that there is no “one-size-fits-all!” So the best way to deal with self-empowerment would be to customise it!
Just like we zoomed in and used mental training for a specific purpose customising this training according to my individual needs, well so do you have to do!
What are you looking to improve and why?
Likewise there are a gazillion different churches with their own worship style and also individuals who considers themselves non-denominational.
The way that I deal with my Bible reading and my prayers will probably differ from how you or anyone else would go about it and apply it to daily life. 🙂
All I can do is to share my own story in the hope that maybe some of it can be applicable, but a great deal of it probably won’t which is why I find books like this: “Seeing What Others Don’t” by Gary Klein – My reaction to Chapter One & a bit of Chapter Two., very suspect.
I’m working my way through the book and still haven’t seen examples being used that can be applied to non-creatives! The majority of the people featured are still scientists with a curious and investigative disposition!
So keep that in mind when the self-help industry promises to dramatically alter not only you but also the outcome of your life. ❤