The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.
Back in February, I wrote about the importance of reading. You can find that post through this link.
As 2017 approaches and we all begin to think of New Year’s resolutions such as eating better, exercising more and saving more money, I’d like for us to consider something that we might actually do. Something like reading a good motivational, business or self-help book every quarter. Let me explain why this would be a good practice for anyone to take up.
Jim Rohn once said, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” I’m sure that you will agree when I say that the people around us influence us greatly. If you spend time with negative people then you too will take on a negative attitude. If you spend time with people who are successful, upbeat and positive then without a doubt you will become successful, upbeat and positive. In my last post, I made it clear that you get to define what success means to you.
The problem that we encounter in our daily existence is finding people who are successful in their own right, regularly upbeat and positive. Do you disagree? Isn’t it true that most people are too caught up in their daily activities, work and problems to embrace these attributes? If the people that we know are too busy to be these things for us then how will we raise our own success and attitude quotient? What ends up happening to us is that we go along for the ride and one day we’ll wake up only to realize that time has slipped away, unnoticed, and that we are not in a good place. Of course we will not be able to adequately define what a “good place” looks like, but we will be certain that we are not there.
The answer to this dilemma is simple. We find mentors, teachers, leaders and successful people whom we can learn from, emulate and follow. The best method that I have found to accomplish this is to visit a library or a bookstore. Once there I can locate books written by successful people in an area of interest to me. Some books may be found in audio format so that you can listen to a book instead of reading one. Whether you choose to buy books, borrow them from the library or download an audio version the idea is to get started making a life of learning through reading a regular practice.
I listen to no less than one audio book per month and read no less that one book every sixty days. If we do the math then we realize that I can average twenty-four successful mentors a year. If we average the time it takes to read one book and listen to one audio book then I will spend 90 hours per year learning from successful people, and that my friend can be impactful for anyone.
What’s your New Year Resolution going to be for 2017? For me it will be to read more and put more of what I learn into practice and on this blog. I hope that you’ll join me in this great adventure of learning and self-discovery. Below I’ve listed some resources that you can use to get started and I hope that you will do so in 2017.
A man’s bookcase will tell you everything you’ll ever need to know about him. ~Walter Mosley
Books to read:
Peaks and Valleys by Spenser Johnson, M.D.
Who Moved My Cheese by Spenser Johnson, M.D.
Linchpin by Seth Godin
The Dip by Seth Godin
Whale Done by Ken Blanchard