When you’re living by instinct, then you will naturally enhance everything and everyone around you. In other words, success will come naturally! When both your intellect and instincts are aligned, then producing the fruits of your labors brings satisfaction beyond measure.”
This week's book of the week has been all over my social media feeds. It was popping up in so many places, that I decided I had to give it a read. Not being a soccer fan, I knew very little about Abby Wambach. I have been a great fan of her partner, Glennon Doyle for years, and I guess it should have been no surprise to me that she falls right in-line with Glennon's truth telling.
'Wolfpack' clearly outlines old rules of leadership that do not serve today's woman, and suggests new rules. She speaks candidly about her retirement, and having to define who 'Abby' was after soccer, and how to move away from old leadership rules, step into new ones, and support each other along the way.
I absolutely love to recommend books! For this reason a few weeks ago I decided to start sharing ‘Book of the Week’ on my blog and social media accounts. The goal of this new feature is to expose followers to a variety of books to educate, empower, and entertain!
I love a good blog post, article or snippet of information. The thing is that there are great advantages to reading books. In a post a few months ago about making Reading Part of Your Growth Strategy, I outlined what I saw as the 5 top benefits to reading more books. Read the post here.
I have been so excited to receive pictures and messages of people that have jumped onto the book of a the week challenge! Others have also shared how much they would like to read more, but just don’t have the time. I understand! I ‘overstand!’
It has always amazed me that some of the most avid readers are some of the busiest people I know. Why is this? Is it the same reasoning behind if you really want something done you should give it to a busy person to do?
According to Jim Kwik, a leading brain coach, the average CEO reads 4 – 5 books a month and the average person reads 2 to 3 books a year. This is a staggering difference. What this highlights for me though, is that if you want to be more of a ‘reader’ you need to make an intentional decision to be so.
A few months ago I set some reading goals that seemed a little far fetched given my daily schedule. With a one year old, a four year old, an eight year old and a business to run, I was quite ambitious in the setting of my reading goals, but I was determined to see if I could really turn my reading behaviors around. By scheduling in my reading time at the same time every day, it has made a world of difference for me. I also have my Kindle with me at just about all times, and use it to ‘pass time’ as opposed to swiping away on social media. I also have slowed down on my Netflix watching. These three habits have made a world of difference in my ability to read as a ‘busy’ person.
I share this to say, it can be done! Whether it is a book a month or four books a month, the first step is to make an intentional decision. Each week I will post a book selection to help you on your journey. Here are my top 5 ways for busy people to introduce reading into their daily routines.
I am so excited about this week's book! I was first introduced to Brené Brown about 7 years ago. Her work was the fuel that shifted my work and helped me truly bring who I am to all I do. It has shaped the way I function as a wife, mother, friend, educator and coach. I knew that I wanted to share one of her books this week, but had trouble deciding which one! I absolutely love them all! After an impactful re-read this week, I settled on one of her first books.
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are is a short read, or listen for the audiobook lovers. This book is powerful. It is inspiring. It will make you laugh. It will make you think. It will make you uncomfortable. It will give you 'ah-ha' moments. It will make you shift. It explores how to cultivate the courage, compassion and connection to embrace yourself as you are and thrive.
One of my favorite parts of this book is that it provides guideposts to wholehearted living. These guideposts are printed and front and center in my office as daily reminders. Happy Reading!
“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”
― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
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