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I’m reading a lot more lately. Multiple books at a time. If I really like the book, I will download the audio version, if available.
So I try not to complain too much about the subway delays because that’s an advantage to an avid reader like myself. As you can imagine, I’m getting a lot of reading time lately.
The Motivation Manifesto – 9 Declaration to Claim Your Personal Power takes you through what seems like a sermon, a declaration, if you will. Sometimes I feel like I’m reading the scriptures. Other times I feel like I’m listening to Abraham Lincoln reading the Declaration of Independence.
Regardless, by reading this book I’m able to visualize my possibilities. But enough about the book. Read it if you want.
My current hunger for knowledge came when I realized a few months ago that life was happening to me. I didn’t seem to have any control over decisions that affected me. Not at home. Not in my personal space. And definitely not at work.
What is someone lacking the option only available to the well educated to do? Do I just cower away, keep my head down and hope nobody notices me?
A big HELL NO! to that.
I began to do what I love. I began to read.
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker; The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burchard; The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod; The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey; Working Out Loud by John Stepper; The Passion Test by Janet & Chris Atwood; How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie; 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller; Quitter by Jon Acuff. I could keep going, but I hope you get the point.
Reading these books all chalked up to giving me the grit to stop wondering “Who Moved My Cheese” and to realize something I’ve known all along — I’m responsible for the direction my life takes. I can’t sit around and wait to be dumped on. As I used to tell my a friend of mine, the only reason a dog can pee on a tree is because the tree doesn’t move.
What happens to me or anyone else in our personal lives or at work, happens because we allow it to happen.
Usually, maybe always, fear is the anchor we use to rationalize being inept. In addition, we sometimes use our own fear to discourage others from making a leap of faith in their life or career. We are paralyzed by fear. Unable to take action.
Further, easier said than done but we can’t let money be the only motivation for us to endure life.
We are humans…an awesome creation. We are capable of far more than we can ever imagine.
Settling only give us the opportunity to be lazy. What if we are dissatisfied but still take no action? We tend to find ourselves delving deeper and deeper into depression. Thereby becoming more and more immobilized by fear…enduring the stifling and demoralizing effect of doing nothing.
We were made for more. The fact that we secretly suffer in our own mess tells us we desire more.
So instead of losing yourself in mindless TV watching, eating stuff that you feel bad about eating later, read a book. It is funny, but that was my answer to my children telling me they were bored. Read a book. Knock fear in the ass by picking up something that someone spent their time writing. It’s not about whether the writing is good or not. Although that certainly helps. But does it help you? Does reading a book get you fired up?
Don’t “have time” to read.
Download the audio version. OMG! If you want to, you can. Have an iPhone. Go to iTunes and download podcasts from TED, Jeff Goins, John Lee Dumas, Michael Hyatt, Dan Miller, Brendon Burchard, Hal Elrod… My first suggestion is “The Portfolio Life”, by Jeff Goins.
But I understand. I do it myself. I make excuses. Not enough time. Not enough (___). But basically, we are scared. Scared of success. Scared of failure.
I lamented to a couple of friends just yesterday that my lack of consistency in applying what I know is creating a barrier to my not only living a full life but also sharing that life openly with others. “If you have something to say that can change someone’s day, then it’s your responsibility to say it, write it or record it”. Jonathan Milligan. 15 Success Traits of Pro Bloggers. So what are we waiting for?
In the end, you have to ask yourself the question: If I was given the opportunity, after death, to look back over my life, would I be pleased or disappointed?