I have spent the past 4 years changing some less desirable habits, and one of them involves reading a lot more. My friend Paul suggested I read at least 10 pages of a book a day. Ideally, it'd be something related to the industry I work in, or something to offer ideas and empowerment to my current position in life.
I started with some of the obvious books related to the finance industry:
Think and Grow Rich
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
The Power of the Subconscious Mind
At the same time, I added in some personal development books, many of them spiritual, like:
The Bible (kind of a good start, yes?)
Sun Stand Still
The Four Agreements
Not a Fan
To be fair, there are hundreds more. Yes, hundreds, and I probably have 30-40 books in my queue at home. Something happened on the way to the brain bank for me. I was transformed. Slowly at first, and then the steamroller began to run away with me. It's a glorious thing and one each of you should adopt. You are missing out!
Recently, I was recommended to an amazing book called The Miracle Morning. In it, I found so many obvious opinions and thoughts. How could this tired information possibly help me? It was telling me what I already knew.
I had been reading.
I had been studying.
I already had a good job and a network of friends.
I was already winning.
Here's the thing, though. I wasn't at all. Actually, I was deluding myself with the smallest things. My ego had lead me to believe that I was completely in control and that I didn't really need to adapt further. My only concern over the past year was "waiting it out." I knew my day was coming... that moment when all the work and tenacity pays off. You know the feeling, right? Has it happened to you yet? Do you know what is actually supposed to happen? Do you know what you're waiting for?
Let me quote a passage from the book: "I had to take responsibility for getting my life back. Instead of complaining how things should be, I embraced how things were. I stopped putting energy into wishing my life were any different and instead focused 100% on making the best of what I had. As a result of choosing to be genuinely grateful for all that I had, unconditionally accepting of all that I didn't, and accepting total responsibility for creating all that I wanted, my painful previous life experiences became the best things that ever happened."
As I read further, I stumbled across this little gem: "The degree to which you accept responsibility for everything in your life is precisely the degree of personal power you have to change or create anything in your life."
I was floored. I was living bitterly. I expected the world to pay me back for years of personal and professional failures. ...and I expected it in spades. I wasn't yet open to accepting what had occurred and I certainly wasn't interested in going back to work for the changes and blessing I believed I still had coming. I wanted my "deserve."
To quote another book I absolutely love, The Universe Doesn't give a flying F*** about you: What does this all mean to you? It means everything. It means that in the small amount of time you have to live, you can be whatever you want. It means that even though the universe doesn't care enough to give you what you want, it doesn't care enough to stop you from having it.
That should say everything I have been trying to put across...and with that, go read a book. You need to. You deserve to. You have to.