It amazes me how time flies.
It seems like we were just celebrating the beginning of 2019 not too long ago. But, time has sped by and, at the time of this post, 2019 is half over!
One thing I regret is that I have not made more time for reading this year. I believe that reading is one of the most important activities that we can participate in for personal growth and development.
The last book I read at the end of 2018 was The 12 Week Year. It is a great book that offers a unique spin on goal-setting and getting things done. I started implementing it in January 2019 to help me meet various life goals. Check out my YouTube playlist where I share more about The 12 Week Year and other goal-setting videos!
But, I can honestly say that I haven’t completed a book since then. I’ve started and stopped several books, making excuses for why I never have time to read.
No, this isn’t me being too hard on myself. I have made excuses. I know this because I can list other activities that I make time for: Facebook, Netflix, YouTube, and general mindless Internet surfing.
I’m not knocking these activities; they are fine in moderation, providing a welcome mental break after a long day at work.
However, I truly believe that reading personal development books is a better use of my time.
- Intentional Reading For Crushing Goals
- July: Live. Save. Spend. Repeat. by Kim Anderson
- August: Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
- September: The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
- October: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
- November: I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) by Brene Brown
- December: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
- Join The Reading Challenge!
Intentional Reading For Crushing Goals
Now that 2019 is half over, I’ve decided to challenge myself to reading one book per month for the rest of the year.
The great thing is that I already own all of these books, having purchased many of them months (even years!) ago.
About a year ago, I whittled down my book collection using the Konmari Method, leaving me with about 20 books on my ‘books to read’ shelf. Funny thing is, I haven’t read any of them. Yet.
Now, I recognize that many avid readers can consume several books per month. However, I don’t want to set myself up for failure by trying to take on more than I can handle.
Also, I want to be intentional with my reading. I have some major life goals that I want to start working on for the second half of 2019.
I don’t want to simply read these books. I also plan to implement what I’ve read so that I can achieve my goals in the following areas:
Although I am debt free, I am always seeking ways to save and spend responsibly in order to maintain my debt free lifestyle. Check out my video where I went into detail about my personal finance goals. I use the Clever Fox Budget Planner and I love it!
Today, productivity is valued over busyness. People want to get stuff done instead of filling up their days with meaningless activity and no real progress.
As a chronic procrastinator, my goal is to learn how to better manage my time by developing routines for pretty much everything.
I am looking forward to reading for more insight and wisdom on how to better use my time to reach my goals.
I admit that I have been struggling a lot lately with anxiety and worry about my future.
I also deal with feeling inadequate and constantly fight the belief that I have to be perfect in order to be successful.
My goal is to overcome these limiting beliefs by taking actionable steps to make real progress. I know it is an overused saying but I truly believe that meeting goals is about progress not perfection.
Without further adieu, here are the 6 books I plan to read for my 2019 reading challenge.
July: Live. Save. Spend. Repeat. by Kim Anderson
I am kicking off my reading challenge with a personal finance book written by blogger, author, podcast host, and blogging coach Kim Anderson.
Kim is also a wife and mom who, along with her husband, managed to eliminate thousands of dollars in debt by implementing the principles she shares in her book.
In Live. Save. Spend. Repeat. you will discover a simple-to-implement plan that will help you wisely use your money to break the cycle of financial mistakes and worry. Financial freedom isn’t all about sacrifice. Use your money as a tool to reach your goals and finally experience joy and success as you Live. Save. Spend. Repeat.Excerpt from Live.Spend.Save.Repeat.
I am also excited to share that I am proud member of Kim’s Just Keep Blogging Mentored Membership Community for bloggers. When I started this blog, I knew that I would need more help and guidance than any one-off course could provide.
Kim’s Mentored Membership Community provides education, tools, and actionable tips to help bloggers start and grow their blogging businesses.
August: Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
I bought Profit First in late 2018, when I had just started working from home as an independent contractor.
I have read many positive reviews about how this book changed the way business owners managed their business earnings. I’m excited to see how this book will help me manage my self-employment income.
Conventional accounting uses the logical (albeit, flawed) formula: Sales – Expenses = Profit. The problem is, businesses are run by humans, and humans aren’t always logical. Serial entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz has developed a behavioral approach to accounting to flip the formula: Sales – Profit = Expenses. Just as the most effective weight loss strategy is to limit portions by using smaller plates, Michalowicz shows that by taking profit first and apportioning only what remains for expenses, entrepreneurs will transform their businesses from cash-eating monsters to profitable cash cows.Exerpt from Profit First
September: The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
The Slight Edge has become a very popular book about how discipline is key to accomplishing more in life.
I definitely need to do better with routines and habits. Even though I read and implemented the 12 Week Year, I have definitely fallen off track.
It will be nice to read another book geared toward making the most of my time.
The Slight Edge is a way of thinking, a way of processing information that enables you to make the daily choices that will lead you to the success and happiness you desire. Learn why some people make dream after dream come true, while others just continue dreaming and spend their lives building dreams for someone else. It’s not just another self-help motivation tool of methods you must learn in order to travel the path to success. It shows you how to create powerful results from the simple daily activities of your life, by using tools that are already within you.Excerpt from The Slight Edge
October: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
True confession: I have owned Daring Greatly for over a year and have yet to read it.
I was drawn to Brene Brown after watching her awesome TED Talk on vulnerability. Also, in addition to being an author, professor, and speaker, Brene Brown is a fellow social worker!
Vulnerability is not my strong suit; I tend to run away from it. I’m eager to read about how being more vulnerable leads to a more empowered life.
Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes: “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.”Excerpt from Daring Greatly
November: I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) by Brene Brown
Another popular Brene Brown book, I Thought It Was Just Me, speaks directly to my perfectionist nature that is hindering my progress in various life areas.
I definitely want to be free from a performance-based life and am excited to read this one!
“It’s time to reclaim the gifts of imperfection—the courage to be real, the compassion we need to love ourselves and others, and the connection that gives true purpose and meaning to life. These are the gifts that bring love, laughter, gratitude, empathy and joy into our lives.”Excerpt from I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t)
December: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
A classic that needs no introduction, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a business and personal development must-read.
It is also another book that I have had for many years. I have attempted to read it multiple times, but found myself intimidated by how technical it is. Now, I’m up for the challenge!
Even though the book was originally published nearly 30 years ago in the 80s, I am sure that its principles are still relevant today.
What are the habits of successful people? The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators, parents, and students—in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations have benefited from Dr. Covey’s 7 Habits book. And, it can transform you.Excerpt from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Join The Reading Challenge!
I invite you to join me on this reading challenge for the latter part of 2019! Whether you read one of the books I’ve chosen or choose your own…just read!
I plan to share monthly reading challenge updates on my YouTube channel, so make sure you subscribe to see how I’m doing.
What are you reading this year? Let me know below!