One of the best things you can do for your personal and professional development is this: READ!
So few people do it, which is exactly why you should. While others wade in the same waters of common knowledge, you can explore new islands of ideas.
Several years ago, I began creating an annual reading plan based on my goals.
My aim wasn’t to break a reading record, but to read intentionally from a variety of genres that helped stretch me, inspire me, and prepare me. This is one of the best things I’ve ever done.
Creating a reading plan feels like you are mapping your future, because, well, you are.
Here are some questions to help guide you in crafting your reading plan:
What do I want my story to be this time next year?
At the risk of sounding cliché, if your life is a story, you have an amazing opportunity to fill the pages. Setting goals is simply being intentional with your life. There are many things in life we can’t control, but we are responsible for the parts we do.
What’s keeping me from attaining it?
Every good story has big hurdles to overcome and yours is no different. Otherwise, you should dream bigger.
Is it understanding you lack? Do you need a shot of motivation? Is fear getting in the way? It’s important to identify this because it will help determine the right weapons (books) to slay your dragon.
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