Everything you’ve done up until this point is because of certain habits.
Back in 2009, I had a goal of reading 40 books. I read 28.
Then in 2010, I had a goal of reading 50 books, I read 40.
This year my goal was one book a week. I’ve read only 30 far. I’m built weak I know. By the way, I’ve come across recently an article on reading a book in one hour from the Personal MBA website by Josh Kaufman. Click here to check it out.
Anyways I know you’ve heard how good reading is for you. You don’t accept things on face value. If you read a variety you relate different ideas together, string them together. Gives more confidence about what your talking about it…. I mean if you can’t talk about it casually you don’t know it. And EVEN if you can talk about it casually, doesn’t mean you know it.
But this all came about taking some small steps that eventually became a habit. I actually enjoy reading for leisure now.
Back in university days, I barely read anything outside the text books compared to now. This changed rapidly, as I read books like the awesome Four Hour Work Week. I decided I wanted to go backpacking! Traveling with family is fine, but backpacking with friends sounded unreal.
One of the places I visited was sunny Australia.
Now ever since I watched the movie Point Break I wanted to sky dive. Remember the parachute scene?( click here cos it’s awesome). So I finally did it in Mission Beach on the East Coast. I remember this day fondly. It’s that feeling you were suppose to be dead, but you were still alive!! I loved it.
Soon after landing, the Aussie Sky Dive man, John, had the nerve to ask me “Why is this so amazing to you?” I was a bit dumbfounded by his question. Then he mentioned he jumps out of a plane 4-6 times a day, 5 days a week. It became not such a big deal to him, but a routine. He was curious how his regular job resulted in one of the most adrenaline packed day of my life.
Well John, because its not usual to jump out of a plane. There are so many ways to interpret this, but I think the main thing for me was keep doing things that stretch you, ignore your lizard brain – could be as simple as waking up on time every morning.