Reading Books – Is there enough time?

There is always enough time to do the things you love.  For me, I’ve been neglecting my reading hobby.  I am supposed to be read 50 books in 2015.  Perhaps the goal was a little too high? ..or perhaps I just haven’t prioritized it enough. 30 books in 39 days?  Unless I made that the ONLY thing I did in my free time I am not sure if I can make it.  …but hey, I can TRY.

You can check out the books that I read here: https://citadelofthoughts.com/2015/07/29/books-read-in-2015/

What if, I were to read several books at one time?  People do that right?  I wonder if that will help me reach my goal any sooner.  If I can dedicate 1 hours every day to reading… that is 39 hours of reading. How many books can I finish reading in 39 hours?  We shall see!

So just to experiment I will read these 4 books at the same time (well one at a time but I won’t be finishing one book before moving on to the next one)

  • The Happiness Project – Ron Leifer M.D. (288 Pages)
  • Manuscript Found in Accra – Paulo Coelho (190 Pages)
  • Adultery – Paulo Coelho (249 Pages)
  • The Light In The Forest – Conrad Richter (117 Pages)

I have three weeks with these books (I borrowed three of them from the library) but hopefully it will take me less time than that to finish all four.

What are your reading habits like?  How often do you read? Let us know by leaving a comment.

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American Dream U – Helping military personnel find their dream jobs and start their own businesses.

I’ve always loved the idea of owning my own business and the concept of not working for anyone. I’ve always enjoyed listening to speakers who are living proof that it is possible. This seminar was dedicated to military personnel and their familiesSAM_4804.

I became completely aware that the majority of the people attending knew each other and also of the fact that I terrible at small talk. Well, what I realized is can I be totally terrible at something I haven’t attempted? It was then I realized that I simply was not confident in my own skin. These people around me know each other and they’re sharing stories of accomplishments and attempts at accomplishments and I can’t relate. I want to change that.

I had a short chat with the man next to me.  Who was there visiting his son and grandchildren.  He didn’t mention a daughter-in-law but I didn’t want to pry. His son invited him to the event.  He got to talking about he was in the Navy.  He asked what I was doing there and I mentioned that I love the idea of owning my own business some day.  His response was rather cold something along the lines of he has many friends who have failed and are attempting to start their own business.  He says that they work 60-70 hours a week and he has no interest in working that much.  I didn’t like his negative tone but I just smiled at him and said that that’s why I think it’s important not to rush and really try to find a niche that you are passionate about because if you start a business you’re not genuinely interested in then it will feel like work. He smiled back and nodded and the seminar started.

I quickly realized that this show was a lot like the seminar that I attended back in Texas where people go on stage and share their experience and generally have an inspirational message. Philip McKernan was the first speaker and his talk was the one that I got the most from.  Maybe it was his Irish accent that peaked my interest in the words he was saying but I ultimately retained the information he was saying.

We hear people talk about goals all the time how important it is to set them in order to achievement.  The thing that I was able to relate the most was like him I am GREAT at setting and achieving goals.  I thrive on it.  However when he asked, “Do you ever feel empty after achieving your goals?” There were several times that I felt like that and his explanation made perfect sense.  Too often do we set goals for ourselves based on other people’s opinions.  For example: to save X amount of money to feel secure, to lose weight, to get a job in a certain field, to own a certain amount of property, to buy a house with 4 bedroom and two baths, etc.  Although these goals are achievable and not unreasonable too often do we set these goals not because it is something we want but rather what others have expressed sounds good or the media has portrayed as it is a good idea.

Your goals must be AUTHENTIC, and your own.  Phillip McKernan mentioned intuition a lot and I would have to agree that your gut is a GREAT indicator of whether or not you are doing the right thing.  When you are doing a task or striving for a certain goal if you are not feeling that passion in your gut if you’re not determined to do it with all of your effort then you are not following your gut.  There is a cliche that is often told, “Do what makes you happy” I mean we hear it all the time but rarely do any of us really do it.  We do what we do because we’re good at it, because it looks good to other people, because others think it’s a good idea when reality we should always be striving to do what makes us truly happy as individuals.

Goals: Steps to success.

IMG_1573One of my favorite quotes of all time is “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”   I think it’s important to set goals but it’s even more important to establish steps on how to achieve those goals.  Some people don’t even bother with setting goals where others go their whole lives just wishing.  “I wish I didn’t have so many bills.” “I wish I wasn’t fat.” “I wish I didn’t have to work here.” Here are some of my tips to goal setting:

Write it down
There is just something more concrete about writing down your goals.  To have the steps written out in front of you will also act as your guide.  Some people say that it’s too much work to write.  My thing is, if you don’t have the time to write what makes you feel like you have time to achieve any of your goals?  Give it a try, grab a piece of paper and just write down everything that you want.  It doesn’t matter what it is whether it’s materialistic, something you want to improve with your body, or if it’s a place you want to visit like go to the beach, whatever it is just start writing things down that comes to mind.

Plan It Out
Organize your goals by categorizing them into short term (1 year), medium term(5-7 years), and long term(7+years).  If you had planned out goals 7 years ago could you have accomplished them by now? Probably most if not all right?  After you get a good idea of how long you have to reach your goals set a plan for each one.  Set yourself up for success!

Talk About It
If you can find a mentor. Mention your goal(s) to people that have accomplished these themselves and listen to them when they volunteer advice.  Be careful not to talk about it endlessly of course you need to practice what you preach.  If you can surround yourself with encouraging friends and family it will tremendously.

Don’t Be Afraid to Revise
Goals change.  Sometimes some goals are easier to achieve more than others. Some goals take longer to accomplish. Just don’t give up.  Make changes if you have to but don’t quit.