Recently, I’ve actually rid my apartment of two major electronics— T.V. and internet…T.V. has never been an outlet for me, and now that I’ve started a second job, I’m never home.
I’ve filled my time with reading. I’ve always loved reading but in the past year, I’ve been enveloped in numerous spiritual and self-development books (plus an occasional novel, because like, you just can’t keep reading the development shit—you’ll make yourself crazy).
My idea behind reading these books is this: if it sticks with you, it’s meant to. Imagine you’re a tree. As you read something, perhaps it’s a mantra, an idea, something, and you read it once or twice, put the book down, and you just get it…and continue to put that piece of the puzzle into practice. When you do this, you’re growing a new limb, leaves. Shedding old bark. Gaining more wisdom, truth. My point is, we don’t need to strive for perfection with these books.
I recently read The Four Agreements. I even made it the background on my phone but you know which ones stuck? “#3. Don’t make assumptions,” and “#1. Be impeccable with your word.” Literally as I type this, I have to try to remember the fourth one (I did remember “#2 Don’t take anything personally…which has been a struggle in the past, but maybe I need a mantra instead of this agreement because I find it doesn’t show up like the others). Finally, “#4. Always do your best. So I remember 2 out of 4. That’s okay. I think that’s better than okay because I believe that by having a somewhat-continual personal development book on rotation, it’s forcing you to stay super mindful with what sticks and what doesn’t. It’s changing your thought process as you continue to read and grow in whatever realm you’d like—personally, professionally, mentally. It’s called practice for a reason. And from this, your relationships with other will change. Your relationships with yourself will change. How powerful is that?
…okay that was just 333 words, so I’m officially over now, but y’all know I read more than just books, here are 10 great self-development articles I’ve recently read. Here’s to hoping something sticks ;)
Someday thinking…is it holding you back?
Move forward fearlessly
5 beliefs to steal from happy people
14 fab tips from fellow-DC blogger (and she’s an awesome wellness guru, too!) it’s an older post I’ve had bookmarked.
I just re-read this one…4 failures we’ve all made and how to recover
A fun numerology quiz…I was a 9…
How quality networking could literally save your life.
The Mind Maze and how to escape…so good.
Trigger happy brain chemicals!
Thank you, Universe! My colleague sent over this article as I was looking for one more to tag on…7 bad morning habits.