I don’t read.
I’ve always liked the idea of reading, but when free time comes around I watch sports or scroll Twitter or text friends. I’ve heard that reading can make you more patient, self-controlled, etc. I don’t know if it’s true, but I could sure use some of that.
I have a lot of books, mostly non-fiction. I don’t know where they came from. I own a lot of Christian books and self-improvement type stuff. I guess I figure on the rare occasions I do read I want to see some result. I treat reading as a tool for growth rather than entertainment. But the chance of me remembering anything I read a year later is almost zero.
I read half of a book recently called The Power of Habit. It was really good but I stopped reading it cause that’s how I read books. I stop. This book stressed the importance of something called keystone habits. Basically, something small you do over and over that snowballs into better habits in other areas.
For me, reading could be a keystone habit. Writing on this thing could be. Drinking water could be. Talking to God could be. But I don’t do any of those things consistently. They all are easy. They all require so little effort. I think the idea of a keystone habit is to make something digestible. Don’t pick something hard. Pick something you know would benefit you and just start doing it. Something small.
I’m going to read something tonight. Maybe just a page or a paragraph but I’m going to read something. I could start with that great book I stopped. Tomorrow I’m going to fill up my water bottle for the road. Then fill it up again after I drink it all. I’m going to talk to God for a few minutes in my car before I turn on my podcasts. Then I’m going to write something on this thing tomorrow night.
I chose all four things which might be overdoing it. But for one day I will overachieve. I better write this down so I don’t forget…
- Read something
- Write something
- Drink water
- Talk to God