Why none of those personal development programmes work

I am working with a personal branding coach at the moment – exercising my intellect on Chris Barrow as a brand and how that would look – or whether the brand should be the schools.
Please don’t give me your feedback – I’m confused enough!
However, the process has created some good conversations and the latest was a reflection on ALL those personal development programmes I have read, listened to and attended over the years.
Did Covey’s 7 habits, Sullivan’s Unique Abilities, Robbins’s unleashed power, Gerber’s E-myth work?
Well at one level, yes – I have incorporated the “best of the best” into my routines and habits, with the effect that I regard myself as a highly effective business owner and individual.
And at another level, no – because I’m still finding life very difficult. Mountains, valleys, missiles and all that jazz.
So I realised in the last few days that maybe my expectations of these programmes was too high.
Did I expect a perfect life when I mastered them? Was the promise of a perfect life held out to me?
My moment of understanding was when I accepted that these programmes are not designed to deliver the perfect life (sorry Thomas, you were a little over ambitious there I think) – they were designed to give me a set of strategies and tactics that would enable me to deal with the chaos that my life “is” and always will be.
Managing chaos.
That’s what life is – and each year the chaos gets more complex.
2006 will be my most chaotic year.
And all that I have ever learned from personal development programmes will equip me to survive.
Oh – and by the way – my programmes do the same – managing the chaos of dental practice and coaching practice ownership.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.