Do Yourself a Favor: Read This Before You Invest In a Self-Help Course

Craig Stanland
3 min readFeb 28

Here is a quick tip before you invest in an online personal development course or cookie-cutter coaching program:

If the highway is blocked, there isn’t a set of directions that will get you where you want to go.

What does this mean?

I’ll use the following example:

It’s commonly accepted that good habits equal extraordinary lives.

I agree.

And you probably agree, but you struggle with maintaining habits, you start and stop over and over, and you’re sick and tired of it.

So you decide to take action; kudos to you.

You research online courses and find one that promises you that you’ll create new, empowering habits (that you’ll maintain forever) in 21 days.

It’s everything you want, so you buy it.

You start strong, love the materials, and tell your friends about it.

Then the old patterns return; you skip one day, another, and another…

You may not even finish the course.

It sits on your device in the online course graveyard you’ve accrued, collecting virtual dust and filling you with regret and guilt every time you see it.


Online courses and cookie-cutter programs may have the ideal plan to create what you desire.

It may very well be the best plan in the whole damn world.

But if you harbor subconscious beliefs (and we all do) that run counter to what you’re trying to create, there isn’t a course in the world that will generate the results they “guarantee.”


You believe a remarkable life awaits on the other side of consistent good habits.

But if you don’t believe you’re worthy of living a remarkable life, here’s what’s waiting for you:

  • You’ll self-sabotage
  • You’ll start and stop
  • You’ll get in your own way over and over again
  • You’ll reinforce the belief that you’re not worthy of a remarkable life
Craig Stanland

I write about my journey from corporate success to federal prison and finding joy, mission, meaning, and fulfillment beyond professional and financial success.