I was 19 years old and driving with a friend from Portland Oregon to Seattle Washington when he asked me if it would be ok to listen to a leadership CD by John C. Maxwell. Since we were driving in his car I couldn’t say no, so I said sure. Looking back, it was the best thing that could have happened to me at that time; because it ignited a spark to learn about the topic of leadership. This is when I first started to read books on leadership. I started to read every book on leadership I could find. I have found at least 3 reasons why every leader should read books:
- It raises their leadership potential.
- It allows them to move forward, toward the next level and success.
- It brings value to your people and organization.
The past 1 ½ years I have not read as much as I had previous years. I never stopped reading but the amount of reading greatly dropped. So I have decided to set (Reset) a daily reading goal. My goal is to read 25 pages or listen to 30 minutes of an audio book, every day. Here is what I did and what you can do if you want to refocus or jumpstart your reading:
I bought some books- I started by buying Linchpin by Seth Godin, 5 Levels of Leadership by John Maxwell, Good to Great in God’s Eyes by Chip Ingram, and The Great Depression Ahead by Harry S. Dent. I can see the benefits of buying some books to jumpstart my goal. I also put together a book list of books I want to read in the near future.
I made it a priority- I’m not allowing the distractions of being online or watching TV to prevent me from reading. I also allow for maximum learning by Being Productive In My Car.
I have committed to my goal– I have made it a point not to end my day without reaching my reading goal, even if that means losing sleep.
I’m prepared- I make sure to have a book near me. I also added the www.Audible.com app on my phone. So whenever I have some time, I’m able to read or listen to a book (I’m listening to, It’s Your Ship by D. Michael Abrashoff on Audible).
Question: Do you have a reading goal? Do you need to make one or reestablish it?