Here’s how the typical conversation has been going…”I’m rushed off my feet“, “I don’t seem to have the time to do anything“, “There’s so much going on“.
To each one of these people I just asked the simple question “When did you last read a storybook, a novel, something that you could get your teeth into but was nothing to do with your business?” Well, the responses from all of them where that ‘they hadn’t read anything like that in yonks’. Even though many had been prolific readers as children and young adults, now business had seemed to take over and any reading was about personal or business development.
Now, as a personal and business mentor type coach person, you might expect me to be encouraging everyone to make the best use of their time with audios and videos so that every spare moment in the car or office is spent developing yourself and gathering more knowledge. In fact I used to be like this myself. But no more. The problem with ‘doing’ personal development is that it can be taken too far and you can start to get the belief that you’re still not good enough, more work is needed until you are 100% ready to take action.
And that’s just not true. You, me and everyone else already have all we need to take action. Often, what is missing is clarity, calmness and the space to make decisions, and that’s where reading stories come into it.
Our brains just love to finish off a story and so when we start to get involved in a story our brains get diverted away from the hubbub of general business life. The little grey cells shut down for a bit and clarity can break through.
So how about joining the library, pop along to the supermarket to get a novel, download something from Amazon, how about dipping back into a book you used to pick up all the time and which may have been gathering dust on the shelves?
And a final word. It’s great having our books on apps, like Kindle, on our phones, but if you don’t turn off notifications, or are a habitual email and Facebook checker, the immersive effect isn’t going to kick in.
Use a spare phone or even better get a real paper book!
And is there anything better than dipping in and out of books in a library or bookshop?