Make a Significant Change This Year

2016 has almost come to an end. I know, it’s really hard to believe. In many ways it seems like the year just started.

I’ve made a lot of changes and have grown a lot. Sometimes it’s hard to realize just how much has happened in a year until you step back and reflect.

There is something I want to challenge you to do next year, but first let me share one of the most impactful changes I’ve made.

This year, I started reading more.

It might sound minor, but it has had such a profound impact on me that it feels irresponsible to keep it to myself.

Somewhere around June or July, I set a goal of reading 14 books by the end of the year.

That divides out to about two or three books per month, which is huge for me. I use to read 2-3 book per year on a good year.

Free Mentorship Changed My Mind About Reading

Having a mentor is an incredible gift, but mentors are not easy to come by. Time and attention is required of mentors and that’s not something always available to them.

The good news is the people you look up to often write books.

That’s right, they are putting their words down on paper. You can get their best insights from years of experience and skill building for about $10-$20. When you view it that way it’s crazy not to read!

I use to hear about how amazing books were but I just couldn’t get myself interested. Books seemed like entertainment, not productive resources, until the above was pointed out to me.

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All You Need Is Time

If you feel you don’t have time to sit down and read, I understand that. When I began reading more I felt the same way, but then I reminded myself of how much time is really available:

One week has 168 hours

If you work 50 hours a week and sleep 8 hours a night, that leaves 62 hours a week for other things.

There are, however, some great ways to make reading more accessible:

  1. Make a list: You’ll never run out of books with a list. This removes the “I don’t know what to read next” excuse.
  2. Listen to audio books: Getting the information is the important part, so there is no shame in listening. I use this strategy a lot.
  3. Buy the book: When you own a book you’re much more likely to read it. Put them by your bed and make the stack go away by finishing them.

These are just a few ways you can make time for books if you put them off like I use to.

Make 2017 the Year of Reading

It’s time to make that low cost mentorship a priority and what better time to do it than a new year?

If you want to participate in the challenge to read more in 2017, sign up here and let me know your goal. You’ll be entered to win a special gift in 2017.

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