John Quincy Adams once said that "Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish, and a little knowledge that acts, is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle." This is with out a doubt one of my favorite quotes, especially the first two lines which I couldn't agree with more in the area of self improvement.
Individuals may spend countless hours reading wonderful self help books and attending a variety of different therapy sessions. They learn a lot of valuable information but nothing seems to be changing their way of life or thinking. Tons of money and time is being spent purchasing all of these self help items, only to find year after year their life remains the same. They are still suffering from depression, anxiety and low self esteem, etc. Never realizing that none of those self help books and therapy sessions is going to help unless the information suggested is applied and practiced in an ongoing basis. It may also mean that all of this knowledge they have armored themselves with over the course of time was not used when a battle presented itself.
In recent years the self help industry has become a billion dollar industry maybe even more. And partly I believe it is because people are looking for a quick fix. So I suspect one of the things that may be happening is for example, they read one particular book and follow an exercise expecting for some monumental change to take place in a limited amount of time. When it doesn't many people tend to quickly look for the next quick fix, Another book, therapist or program that will guarantee the changes that will place them back in the human race and make them feel better. Even worse, a person may even give up altogether missing the two key component's - Patience and perseverance.
It's easy to implement a particular suggestion in one's life. But the real progress comes from continuous practice in the area and the willingness to deal with the mishaps that may appear in between with out letting yourself become disillusioned on time and quality.
Of course we all know that what works for someone doesn't mean it's going to work for you, and sure we should aim to find the appropriate measures that best suits us as an individual, but when you catch yourself during the course of a year or less going through several self help programs with no results, it may be time for you to stop and consider that perhaps not practicing patience and perseverance has something to do with it.
It might have taken months or years for a particular difficulties to appear through an onset of different events. Therefore it might also take about the same time for them to disappear through the practice of a suggestion given by an author, therapist or self help program. All along understanding that while trudging the positive road there may be several times where you are going to stumble back into the negative side lines, always straightening up and getting back on track without having to search for another road.