How To Empower Your Mind Through Reading

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read-booksPost written by Peter G. James Sinclair.

I am in love with my mind.

Why you may ask?

Because no matter how much I put into it, it never explodes. It is a reservoir that is always thirsty for fresh revelation and new insight. It is hungrier than a lion and more voracious than a tiger.

How hungry, you might say, can that be? I have a pile of books in my office waiting to be read.

In addition I have a notepad and a pen that I carry with me wherever I go to jot down those thoughts that fly into my head at any time.

My most precious possession you might ask?

My personal library.

So let’s explore how you too can tap into the power of your mind.

How many books do I read at once? I generally have three or four going all at once in order to empower my mind.

A Word For Non-Readers

I have met many people in my lifetime who declare that ‘I’m not a reader’. Well, I have a son who tried to convince me of that fact. And if you had taken a look at his previous reading track record, all of us, including his teachers, would have agreed that he was not a reader.

But it wasn’t until I hit his hot button and found out that he had a keen interest in reading autobiographies and biographies, that overnight he was transformed from a non-reader into a reader.

Once this happened I would find him most nights, before he went to sleep, reading. Did he like every book that he picked up to read? No.

The fact is that I’m the same.

You don’t have to read every book you pick up. If it doesn’t hit the spot, or the writer is atrocious, or for whatever reason, toss it.

But don’t stop there. Search out another book. Find another subject that inspires you and interests you.

Read Books & You Will Rewrite Your Life

As a motivational writer I can tell you this, that at times the last book I want to read is a motivational book. I live motivations, dream motivation, eat motivation, write motivation at every opportunity

So there are times when I need a sabbatical in my reading habits.

So where do I head? I read books on gardening, others on artists, particularly the Impressionist breed, but even of late have branched out into more modern areas. I read autobiographies and biographies.

I tend to find myself wanting to know the author behind the book, or the artist behind the art, the musician behind the music or rather the architect behind the architecture.

In fact, there is one famous author, who I personally don’t like his style of writing, but when it came to his autobiography, I loved that. I still haven’t read any of his books, but I learnt an immense amount from reading about his interesting life.

Turn Off The TV & Turn On To A Book

Here are some guidelines to get you back on track, if you are presently a ‘non reader’.

What should I read?

Define your personal interests and start there. I personally found that motivational books inspired me just over 10 years ago, but since then my tastes have further developed.

For every motivational book I read, I probably read four or five other types of books. It’s amazing that from those non-motivational books I always seem to find motivational material that is of benefit to others and me.

How often should I read?

Every day.

How long should I read?

If it has not been your habit to read in the past, then start with a page a day. Or if the chapters are short, a chapter a day. Develop the success habit of reading daily, and the quantity of what you read will gradually increase. Your reading ability will also improve.

Where should I read?

Everywhere. When I have an appointment, I always take a book with me.  Some people like to read before they sleep of a night while others like the morning vigil. Find what suits your personality and personal habits through experimentation.

What if I don’t have money to spend on books?

Join your local library. It is there that you will find a tremendous resource. I have of late started to purchase investment books once a month, but always at a discounted price.

Just One Other Suggestion:

If you still have difficulty reading books – whether ebooks or hard copy – there are so many audio programs available where you can listen to books being read to you. There are also those that provide you with book summaries.

Search the Internet for these services, and whatever you do, you owe it to yourself, and to your ongoing education, to make reading a daily habit as you build your successful life.

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