Stone and Hill tell us in this last chapter of, “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude,” if we want to motivate ourselves and others we can state it with a book. They tell us that sharing inspirational material with those around us, while continuing to read it ourselves, is one of the best ways to effect positive change within ourselves and others; thus, creating a better environment for everyone.
Hill and Stone even tell us how we should read a self-help book. They tell us that we should read it; concentrating on the contents of it as if the author were writing to us as a close personal friend. When reading a self-help book, it is best to know what it is that we are looking for.
If we are looking to recognize and assimilate into our lives the principles we are seeking from such a book; we will need to work at it. This means taking time to reflect upon what we have read; considering how it pertains to our own lives.
One does not read a self-help book the same way one would read a romantic novel. We are told the best way to go about reading a self-help book is to…
- Read it the first time through for general content.
- Underline those things that jump out at you.
- Make notes in the margins; writing down the thoughts and ideas that flash into your mind as you read the book.
Hill and Stone tell us that a second reading should be more thorough, with a specific emphasis on making sure that we have a clear understanding of the new material that the book presents to us. You might want to think of this as more of a study type of reading. You know… Like… When you were in school and had to read a book for a class; reading in a manner enabling you to pass any tests thrown at you on the book’s content.
On your third pass through reading a self-help book; you should read for your future, as per Stone and Hill. Read the book a third time through memorizing passages that have particular meaning to you. This way you have these passages in your memory to fall back upon; helping you to stay on track as you move ahead towards your aims and goals.
Do the authors tell us we should read a self-help book again a fourth time? You better believe they do! We shouldn’t need to do it right away after the initial first three readings. But, down the line, Hill and Stone say that we’ll want to read the book again. “However,” this fourth reading would just be to refresh our memory and rekindle the inspiration that we got from the book initially.
In closing, we are told that we should keep and read over again the best of our self-help books, especially when we begin to feel discouraged, or are losing our feelings of being inspired. The best self-help books are the ones that speak to us in a way that we can understand the concepts and principles of, giving us the inspiration we need to make positive changes in our lives.
This in no way means that a self-help book is the end all to our problems. But, self-help books give us a clear path to follow, even through the darkest of times.
Are you ready to begin sharing that of yourself which is desirable and good? Have you awakened the sleeping giant within you yet? Got the PMA side of your talisman facing up?
If your answer is, “Yes,” than this is not the end of this book. It is, however, the beginning of a new chapter in your life.