I made the decision to read 112 books starting on my birthday: January 12, 2016. Today I am slightly over 6 months in and reading my 61st book! Here are a few things I’ve learned since starting this journey:
Goal Setting is LIFE:
I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child. On average per year, I read about 50-60 books- so setting a reading goal was not a huge deal for me. It’s the norm. I wanted to pick a goal that seemed crazy. For a busy professional with a lot of things going on, 100 books seemed like a lofty goal that would require discipline. 112 books just lined up with my birthday date so I rolled with it. I don’t think I really understood the dedication it would take to read so much in a year. Once I declared and shared that this was a goal, I have been compelled to deliver. Since January I’ve applied this same tactic of goal setting to other aspects of my life.
People really are amazing:
I’d like to think of myself as a people person. I love connecting with people from all walks of life. Truthfully though, people can also get on your nerves, no? Well since sharing this reading goal, I’ve talked with so many people– in person and online; friends, family and strangers. I have been humbled by the helpfulness of people. I’ve had countless people (strangers included) recommend books, give me books, and read books I’ve recommended. I have been floored by the response. Many years ago, I read Paulo Coelho’s book “The Alchemist” and there is a quote so profoundly true that it always sticks with me and applies in this situation: “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Praise God for putting people in my life who have helped me along the way in achieving this goal.
My self discipline needs work:
Listen. The business books/professional development books I’ve been reading are insanely thought provoking! Trust me- I could do a post about that alone. The common thread to success that I’ve read has been: self discipline/control and emotional stability. People who are thriving in various arenas of excellence are doing so mostly because the foundation of their success is based in self discipline. I’ve been convicted time and time again from books I’ve read about this principle and am committed to nailing it going forward. I’ve been forced to analyze and self critique areas of my life that lack the disciple I desire. The good new is I’m hopeful, confident even that I will be able to achieve the level self disciple I desire.
These points are a small example of things I’ve learned in aiming to read 112 books in a year. What has reading done for you?