Every 2nd post I see on Facebook or Twitter is about self-advice. Articles and headlines such as "5 things for a better 2017", "Be kind", "13 things to stop doing to achieve greatness" clutter my newsfeed.
At first, I think Wow, so many people are bettering themselves. And then 2 minutes later they're posting crap again, or carrying on with their lives while not changing a thing.
How is your life going to get any better if you don't change anything?
"Nothing changes if nothing changes."
(Best. Quote. Ever.)
What seems to happen is people read these fanciful quotes and smile at some or other inspirational picture, have a brief thought about "yeah that's nice", and then they do nothing.
Nothing at all.
The next day they're complaining about some crap in their lives that they wouldn't be complaining about if they followed their own advice – the advice they shared on social media just yesterday.
Stand by what you say and put it out to the world.
Take control of your life.
Decide to make the change and own it till it's done.
(Or at least own up when you change tact again, but that’s a whole other post.)