With 2018 quickly drawing to a close, people everywhere are making resolutions and setting new goals for the upcoming year. I love the reset button feel that comes with a new calendar year as much as the next gal, and I love setting new goals to take my business and life for that matter, to the next level.
I love to read and books are an integral part of life in our home, so my first goal for the new year may not be surprising or seem like much of a stretch. Being an adult, a parent and an entrepreneur however, I know first hand how challenging it can be to set aside time for tasks that might not seem necessary for basic daily survival. I read to my daughter every night for anywhere from 30-45 minutes, sometimes longer depending on the book! I cherish this time with her and sort of dread the night that she begins to prefer reading completely on her own. That aside, for quite a while I have skipped reading books for myself with the excuses of not having time during the day and being too tired at night.
We probably all know that reading is amazing for building brainpower and stretching the imagination, and taking it one step further articles and commentary have been popping up all around me lately noting that the most successful entrepreneurs out there read at least 30 minutes of personal development literature daily. So I am taking the signal from the Universe at large and setting a goal to do the same. For the year of 2019 I am challenging myself to read at least one personal development book every month. I feel like that’s a good place to start, and hopefully I will ease into a solid habit of 30 minutes a day by the middle of the year.
What defines personal development? I suppose it goes by many names including self-development and self-help. I personally consider this genre to include any literature that will improve one’s life in some way, whether it’s spiritually, business related, emotional growth or parenting. Motivational and inspirational books are amazing as well and have pulled me out of many a slump.
I first announced this challenge on my YouTube channel and thought it would be a great way to hold myself accountable as well as share some literary treasures with others who also want to take the challenge. Of course what better space to hold a reading challenge than on a blog site? So I will also be sharing my monthly reads here.
I already have an embarrassingly long list of books that I have been intending to read for quite a while, but I am looking for suggestions as well. I have already added some interesting titles to my list from YouTube and Instagram, so if you have a favorite personal development book, please share it with me in the comments! And let me know if you will take the challenge with me!