How many books do you get to read every month? And are they the sort you should be reading.
I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm and I appreciate not everyone finds it a pleasure to read. The one thing I have noticed in my choices, is that over the years the ratio of fiction to work orientated books has changed. Depending on the content of what I’m reading (i.e how much it makes me think) I’ll read between 3 and 6 books a month, (not including audio products, journals and articles). When I’m doing research that could increase to being about 6 per week. Now I don’t expect my clients to read that many (although it’s nice if they do), however often when I give them a book to read in a month they choke (not literally you’ll be pleased to know). ” I don’t have the time”, is a common cry, usually seeing reading this as been on top of their job. Yet the book absolutely relates to their work and their desired future.
Jim Rohn said “are you feeding your brain protein or candy every day?” Candy being TV, radio, etc. It’s the nice stuff that distracts us and helps us unwind. I love watching NCISon a Friday night, yet if someone said you can watch it every night I’d say no thanks. Another 5 hours of NCIS isn’t going to take me closer to achieving my vision. 5 hours reading something from my book shelves is going to be more useful investment.
What stimulus and inputs are you feeding to your brain on a daily basis and when you know what they are and exactly how much, is this exactly what you’d pick from the menu – or would you choose different options or change the portion size?
Whatever you’re doing right now is contributing to your current results, if you’re happy with these, great and keep going. If you want different results then maybe it’s time to revisit the menu.