You Don't Need to Read the Whole Book
If there's a book on your radar, but you aren't sure you have time to read it, I say "GO FOR IT!" Pull it off your shelf, borrow it from a friend, or head the the library because reading just a few pages of an amazing book shifts everything!
If you are like me you might get intimidated by the magnitude of reading a whole book, and not want to start if you can't go all in, but one thing I've learned over and over again is that it's often just a few quick pages that change everything for me.
This week it was 'How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen'. I bumped into it at a thrift store in perfect timing for the 4 year old tantrums we'd been facing. When I opened the book I was totally overwhelmed. I felt like I was doing everything wrong and quite frankly didn't have the desire to correct myself, but I kept poking around. I opened a few different chapters, read a total of maybe 10 pages, and set it back down, but apparently those ten random pages were enough because everything started shifting.
I didn't need the whole book. I didn't need to relearn everything I'd ever known. I didn't need to make any radical changes. Most notably I didn't need to be hard on myself. I just needed a few pages of good reminders and zero pressure to perform in any particular way. Now I'm parenting differently, showing up more present, and feel like I absorbed a whole new source of patience. All from 10 pages in a $1 thrift store find.
So whatever is on your reading radar, dig in and see what happens. It might be exactly what you are looking for.
Believing in you,
p.s. It doesn't just apply to books; it applies to: podcasts, blogs, courses, programs, livestreams... take a tiny bite and see what happens.