I talk about this a lot in Book Three of MoneyLove 3.0, The Law of Subtraction. It’s an area of personal empowerment many people ignore. The need to have an immigration policy for your mind, so that it isn’t inundated with huge amounts of data that will slow you and your creative thinking processes down.
The shocking suggestion I will make here is that you should minimize your reading of self-help and personal development books. I know it seems I may be shooting myself in the foot here, but if I am to be honest as an author, I have to say that if your life is now working with positive momentum and satisfying results, you may not want to take on all the material in the 366 pages of my new book. None of it works unless you take the time to take action, and if you feel you are now on the right path to your fondest dreams, you don’t need to be interfering with that flow by tackling new concepts, ideas, and strategies.
And even if you feel you need some help and inspiration, and you buy my book and a dozen others, you will be overdoing it, no matter how good they all are. We need to be discerning, especially now in 2015. Back in the 1970s, it was easy. There were few good books being published in the self-help genre compared to the thousands being produced today. If you had friends who were paying attention to what was being published, you might get one or two new book recommendations a month, not the hundreds you may be hearing about today. There is no way you can process all that new material, even if is worthwhile.
I think someone could earn billions if they designed a new app that would look through every new self improvement and self development book coming out and match it to your specific needs and desires, and recommend the very few that would perfectly suit you in motivating and inspiring you in the right direction. But until that happens, realize that even a super computer is useless if all it does is take in new information nonstop.
A good exercise to check this out for yourself is to make a list:
10 Personal Improvement Books That Changed My Life
When I look at my list, I see that these ten books that most impacted my life were ones I read over a forty year period, not in the past few months. And I still go back to most of them for booster shots of energy and new perspectives from time to time. If I filled my life with an unending stream of new books–again, no matter how good they were–I would not have the necessary time to create or process any new ideas or savor any new results.
I usually limit myself to books written or highly recommended by good and successful friends. Another provocative principle I live by: I never read a book on how to improve my life that is recommended (or written) by someone whose life is not as good as mine.