I talked to a close friend of mine, he asked what I was doing, I told him I was rereading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. He told me, he is done with books. He said he’d rather learn a new skill and apply it but he’s done with the books. I respect his position.
For me, books are Red Bull. Books get me hype, excited and in the zone.
A quote from Big Sean has stuck with me for a minute.
“Working on yourself is the most important work, even if you don’t get paid for it”
In this rhyme, Sean must be talking about getting paid in dollars because self-work is constantly paying off. Working on ourselves equates to developing new skills, new skills propel our problem-solving abilities, making us more efficient and effective.
I find books to be a great source of self-development strategies.
A practice I follow is waking up with a Miracle Morning. A Miracle Morning is a set of routines that prepare your day. It is said that how you start your day is how you’ll live your day. For instance, if you wake up and instantly reply to texts, emails and take a look at social media you are setting your day up to be in response mode. Response mode may not seem that bad. But check it, responding is a reaction it is more of a defense that an offense. An alternative to waking on response mode is starting the day with meditation to clear the mind, journaling thoughts to become more connected to ourselves, exercising, giving thanks and reading to name a few. Starting our day in a controlled manner with the intention to have a day less reactive and more planned with our own well being as a priority can shift our productivity, energy levels, and output.
Currently, my Miracle Morning includes a meditation lead by Bob Proctor. After that, I read my books. Here is my reading list at the moment:
The Four Hour Work
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable
Some of these books are digital some are paperback. I also am a huge fan of Benjamin P Hardy on Medium.
After reading, I usually journal getting my thoughts, feelings, and aspirations on paper.
Then, its time to work. I start with my creative work so I can let it flow while I’m in a good zone. Once I get a little tired, I check email, make revisions to design work and by that time, I gotta hit the gym.
I’ve been listening to a lot of Jim Rohn lately, one of his many powerful quotes:
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day”
What are you reading or mastering daily to create a more impactful you?