You like to read books, they captivate you, you feel motivated and inspired, but few days after finishing the book you understand that nothing has changed in your life and you start looking for the next one…
Is that a story about you?
Since I remember myself, I have liked books. My mother, grandmother and great-grandmother have been reading a lot. The love of books has been passed to me from early generations and I can see that I’m passing it over to my kids, who the same as my love to read.
Generations of women in our family have been reading a lot, but I differ from them with the choice of book genre, because if I was reading encyclopedias in childhood, then at early youth magic and mystery, but at the age of 15 started to read all kinds of self-growth books. Romance and fictional stories have never really been my genre, which was once loved by my past generations.
I have always been interested in learning more, discovering something new, getting my life a new quality and making myself a better version of myself.
There have been periods when I read quite a lot of books in a week, but then there are periods when I read just a few in half a year.
I would describe it as a process of development when there is a hunger for information, but then there are periods when I want to put everything into practice, transform myself and not take on new information.
In the last 15 years, I have read a lot of books and each of them has left a lasting imprint in my development, but in these years, I have made my TOP 10 of books which have affected me the most and changed my perspective and the way forward with my life.
Maybe one of them will change your life too!
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert T. Kiyosaki
- A Better Way to Live, by Og Mandino
- The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, by Robin Sharma
- The Richest Man In Babylon, by George S. Clason
- Nothing is impossible, by Peter Kummer
- Understand your illness, by Valeriy Sinelnikov
- Creative visualization, by Shakti Gawain
- Journey of Souls, by Michael Newton
- eSCAPE, by Anik Singal
- She Means Business, by Carrie Green
But returning to the introduction…
I also had a period in my life when I read a book and was enthusiastic, but after a moment my hand went to the next one, and I was in a new roller coaster of emotions…
Is it the same for you?
That’s because we have an illusion that there will be the one and only book which will change our life.
And while we haven’t found that one and only we keep going to the next one.
But in truth, we don’t need the next book, courses or coach, all we need is – action!
To start acting and doing it – now!
But about where the motivation is created and how to start acting, read more in my recent blog post.
If you are ready to act and practically make yourself to a better version of yourself, then my 4 step tactics will definitely help you to understand how to read books, so they would really help you and wouldn’t be just another book you read and put back in a shelf.
The first step – Reading
The first step will not surprise you. It’s reading practically.
Read, but mark everything that seems important to you.
In the beginning, I was reading and underlining everything with a pencil, but in the last few years, I’ve been using bright highlighters.
It doesn’t matter how you do it, the important is that it works for you and the process is exciting.
The second step – Journaling
When you finish the book, don’t put it back in the shelf, but start downloading the information.
Re-read everything you have highlighted and make your own notes in a notebook.
Earlier I wrote the notes in the notebooks, but in the last years I write them on my iPadPro digital notebook (which you can download for free) by writing with an apple pencil.
I’m not copying everything what’s underlined, but I write some quotes and thought, and how it resonates with me and my life.
In this way the information goes through my personal experience and this journaling process recovers more and more new aspects.
Think about this as a self-realisation and self-discovery process and an exciting way how to learn new things.
The third step – That one thing
Very often we read books, go to courses or start working with a coach, with a hope that it will change ALL our life, but that’s not possible.
All these things can teach us something new and transform some aspect in our lives.
But there is nothing you can do to change everything like with a magical wand.
So, search for the ONE thing with the added value.
That one AHA moment, that one moment of recognition and understanding.
When you finish step.2, write down the one ‘’Aha’’ what you gained in reading this book.
Just one thing which was the most important one from this book and what you wish to take with you.
The fourth step – Action
New information isn’t valuable if it stays only in your head.
Knowledge has a big value in life. And you gain knowledge by using information practically.
That’s why the most important step in this process is – Action.
What is the new action you will be making every day?
Because this is a new habit which you are going to create and if you not going to plan – when and where, then it will stay just in your head.
That’s why put it in your calendar at least for the first 21 days. From the moment this will become your habit – the normal way for you, this new action not going to be new anymore, but a part of you and that is going to be the best added value you gained from this book.
You in a new quality!
My book “The key of happiness” I consciously made with two parts, theoretical and practical, with a place for notes and tasks, so you can immediately use the new information practically and transform your life step by step.
Let you succeed in finding one thing in each book that will help you raise your life to a new quality.
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