By Bamboo Forest
While knowledge is necessary to overcome any bad habit, it’s by no means enough. In fact, we’ve all had experiences where we know something isn’t good for us, but do it anyways.
So if you have a stubborn habit of any kind that you’ve had difficulty kicking, I can’t recommend enough that you add this one thing to your arsenal of techniques:
Read 30 minutes every day.
The mind isn’t good at holding a vision. In fact, it often takes the path of least resistance, trying to get you to forget the hard work needed to attain what you seek.
Reading daily, whether general motivation or on the specific habit you want to transcend can do absolute wonders for your efforts.
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”~Zig Ziglar
Ever heard the saying, ‘out of sight, out of mind’? Well, it’s true and it’s the enemy to your success. You need to take personal responsibility for having your mind meditate as much as possible on what you want to accomplish and daily reading will do it better than anything else.
Will Smith champions the tactic of reading to live our best lives:
Paraphrasing, “there’s been kazillions of people that have lived before all of us…”
He goes on to say,
“There’s no new problem you could have with your parents, with school, with a bully, with anything; there’s no problem you can have that someone hasn’t already solved and wrote about it in a book.”
He’s 100% correct. But it’s not just the techniques these books provide. It’s being reminded daily of what you want to accomplish. Also, when you read every day it’s as if you’re sending a message to the Cosmos, “Hey, no matter what happens, I’m gonna get my 30 minutes of reading in because I want to be my best self.”
If you’re honest with yourself you can always find 30 minutes to read every day. It’s worth the sacrifice.
Since I’m writing a post on overcoming habits, I want to recommend “Awaken the Giant Within” by Anthony Robbins as the best I’ve ever read in this genre.
Maybe in some ways you don’t actually need to try harder to kick your habit. Or as Seth Godin says,
“The usual mantra is to ‘try harder’. Trying harder is impossible when you’re already trying as hard as you can.
But you can always try different.” [Bold emphasis mine]
Are you getting your 30 minutes in each day? If not, maybe this trick can do the trick. Also, don’t give it up if it hasn’t worked immediately. There can be a lag before the results really show. Be consistent.
“When you change your focus, often you don’t immediately change direction. Isn’t that true in life as well? Often there’s a lag time between when you direct your focus and when your body and your life’s experience catch up.”~Anthony Robbins
Regardless of the outcome, however, there’s absolutely no denying that reading 30 minutes a day will guarantee your mind receives motivation, inspiration and wisdom, daily.
That alone is worth it.
About The Author:
Bamboo Forest writes for Pun Intended, a blog that will make you laugh and feel inspired. He also created an online timer that helps you KILL procrastination. If you like the timer, you may want to follow his tweets.
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