Reading books is one of the most rewarding activities in life. Research has shown that, reading can improve our overall well-being including emotional and social skills. Despite the alluring benefits of reading, some people find it a daunting task, largely because they are still trying to get a hang of it.
If this is you, then you have come to the right place. We have shared below some useful tips that can turn even the most unenthusiastic reader person to a champion. Remember to leave a comment at the end.
Start with a niche you love naturally
Begin with a topic that piques your interest, no matter what it is. It could be money, relationship, politics, whatever, just start with something you like. What this does for you is to take away any form of anxiety and reduce the likelihood of you quitting before you even start. You could also start with something you are dealing with now. Say for instance, dealing with a difficult boss or colleague, trying to improve om your finances.
Set a goal
This could be any goal. It could be to read a book each week, each month, twice a month. Just set your mind to something. You are about to transform your life and you need to measure your progress. Also, you should align this goal to an aspiration so you can be motivated.
Start with small volumes/pages
Uhmm! You read that right. Yes, start with books with fewer pages. This gives you a sense of accomplishment when you are done. Books like ‘The Richest Man in Babylon’, ‘Who took my cheese’, or other books within the 100 and 150 pages range would make a great read for you to start with. When you have found your rhythm, then you can move up with more pages.
Discuss what you read with friends and family
When you discuss what you have read you achieve a number of things. First, you keep the momentum going, second, you are able to retain what you have read and possible put them into practice and third, you build a strong positive perception about yourself among other people. Your discussion is not necessarily to prove that you have just read a book or to show off your newly acquired knowledge, but as a means to inquire further, start up or keep conversations going, challenge thoughts and ideas from the book, rub minds with others and also learn even more. If you are a public speaker or plan to be one someday, quotes, ideas, discussions from books you have read could make a great opening or be an ice breaker for you.
Make notes and personal deductions
Nothing is more powerful than creating your own thoughts or building on what you are reading. Ask any avid reader, this information always come in handy. Whether you are a student, businessman, career professional, or just love to read, note taking is a gold mine. People have generated enough material to write their own books or articles just from the notes they took from reading. Why not you?
Celebrate each milestone
Remember the second point above, set a goal? Each time you achieve any milestone within your set goals, celebrate it. This includes any positive adjustments or changes you make as you apply the lessons you have learnt. So, celebrate yourself each time you cross a finishing line. You deserve it.
In conclusion, the difference between where you are now and where you want to be might just be a book you are yet to read! Why delay the opportunity of becoming the best version of yourself, why deny the world the genius you can be? Wait no further, start today, start now. Don’t know which book you want to start with? No problem, that’s why we are here. You can leave us a message and we would get right back to you. Your success, our goal.