There are literally hundreds of self help books on the market today. Walking down the aisle in any book store and you will see titles that proclaim to help you achieve happiness, grow your wealth, unleash your inner spirit warrior and any number of other ‘be better’ promises.
They all have one thing in common – they promise to help you be the best version on you that you can be.
I have read my fair share of these books seeking to unleash my inner giant, learn the secrets of highly effective people, train my mind. They are all good books, very well written and, on some levels, very informative. I have no doubt that at some point I will read them again.
However, they all lack one vital ingredient to fulfil their stated goal – making you the very best you you can be.
Now I realise that this blog is, primarily, a swimming/coaching blog.
Really it’s about me and my journey to be the best swim coach I can be. So there is a link to what I’m about to say.
The truth is that all these books have their place, they all serve a purpose but if you are seeking the best version of yourself then your reading the wrong books. You only actually need one book.
The desire for more, the desire for fulfilment is in our very DNA. We are programmed to want to develop, to grow, to be better.
Man’s desire to explain everything, to search out the truth about our world and ourselves, to be the very best versions of ourselves is, in my opinion a twisting of the original reason for the DNA programming.
The more I think about it the more I am convinced that these desires stem from a need for more, a need to fill a hole in our very being.
Our desire to fill that ‘void’ has led to the publication of hundreds upon hundreds of self help books, self help courses, life coaches and everything that goes with that.
This emptiness that we, as a species, feel is (in my opinion) because there is a bigger picture, a better plan for our lives, a blueprint that we need to follow if we really want to be that best version of ourselves.
Where do we find this blueprint? In the one book that we should be reading. A book that predates all those other books we turn to for ‘the answer’
The Bibles tells me that God has a plan for my life he wants to make me the best version on me, the version of me that he planned right from the start.
There are no payment plans, no courses to attend to reach the ‘next level’ there is only submission to him and trust in his plan for my life.