Today we’re talking about how to make time to read. Reading aligns well with our community values because it gives us the opportunity to reflect on what we want to learn, do, and become!
With all the tasks, projects, and errands we handle in our lives, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Making time to read may feel like something we simply don’t have the time for; but I know that when we prioritize reading and making time for books, it can actually help us feel excited about life.
There are two key suggestions for reading that I believe will make a huge difference for you:
- Understand and believe that books can help you solve your problems and improve your life. You need and deserve the time to invest in your learning!
- Create space in your life to receive your new knowledge and create routines and projects to support your reading.
In today’s podcast (Part one of a two-part series) we’ll talk about this first key suggestion: believing that books can improve our lives and are worth pursuing. Next week, we will talk about how to create space for reading.
Click “play” above to listen in and/or skim through the main points below!
2:32 – Why I Read
As I was preparing for this podcast, I first sat down and listed a few reasons about WHY I read. I’ll share them here:
- Books light up my brain with ideas: they are like oxygen!
- They teach me in-depth skills: caring for myself, sleeping better, drawing closer to God, building a stronger marriage, raising a family, understanding others’ perspectives, acknowledging where I am weak, setting bigger goals, getting out of clutter, refining the way I use my time, building a business, overcoming anxiety, and developing greater empathy.
- They create a calm: So many needs require me to be on my feet and moving from place to place. Reading is entirely different. I’m sitting, resting, and letting my mind expand while my body has time to replenish.
- Books keep me in a forward-thinking mode: We all know how it feels to be in a rut or paralyzed with fear and anxiety. Books lift me out of those feelings.
- They provide incredible discussion topics: I’m not a small-talker. I love the way that books elevate discussion. They bring thoughtful ideas and new perspectives into our everyday conversations. It’s not like we can’t ever discuss the weather or tell someone we like their shirt, but I value the closeness that comes from talking at a deeper level.
- Books feel like friends: When I walk in a book store, I feel like I’m surrounded by thinkers. If someone took the time to collect and organize their thoughts—and go through the tedious editing/refining process required to get to publication—their message must really matter to them. I feel honored to read their words, consider their ideas, and see if my life can be benefited by their experiences.
“A room without books is like a body without a soul”-Marcus Cicero
14:43 – My Love for Books
My true, deep love for books started when I became a mother. I was sinking and having a hard time adjusting to being in a brand new life stage. As I was home with a baby, I had so much time and energy that was not being utilized. During that time I started going to the library and checked out every book I could find about motherhood and womanhood. These books made me think. I began to feel excited about being a woman and mother, even though it was hard. Books gave me a lifeline of help, wisdom, and advice.
While reading, I learned how to discern what voices helped me feel more joy, peace, and purpose. As our family grew, we continued to make visits to the library. When I would rent books, I would imagine all the wonderful things that they would bring into my life. Our family was continually strengthened by books.
17:16 – Reading as a Way to Serve
In 2009, I read Getting Things Done by David Allen. This has been one of the most influential books I have ever read because it taught me I could create a system to organize my mind. The framework I built using this book is the basis for our STEP program today! Suddenly, I had a way to organize all the information I was then consuming.
This experience helped me realize that reading meant so much more to me when I was reading for other people. I began to ask myself, “Will the knowledge in this book help me serve others and help others get results faster?”
Reading became a way for me to serve.
Books have changed my life, business, health and family. Every single problem that I’ve had has been alleviated through the power of good books.
21:42 – Looking Forward
I can’t wait to see where the books I read in the future will take me.
CHALLENGE: I would like to invite you to ask yourself these questions:
- What are the challenges that you are currently facing?
- What books could help you in this specific situation?
It’s not always easy–and it will take some searching to find the best resources–but I know that perseverance will make a difference!
We hope that this episode helps inspire you to search for books that will be an answer to your challenges. We can’t wait to be with you on Part 2 of Making Time to Read, where we will talk about how to make space in your life for your new knowledge. Thank you for being part of this LearnDoBecome community!
- You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought by Peter McWilliams
- Success is a Choice by Rick Pitino
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
- How to Be a Gentleman by John Bridges
- Emily Post’s Etiquette: Manners for Today by Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning
- Getting Things Done by David Allen
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