As I’m sure you’re all aware, I LOVE reading. If I can just get one good idea from a book, then it was worth it to me. For example, between stimulus and response, you have a choice – the one idea from Stephen Covey’s book that I’m sure rocked so many people when they read it.
A life changing idea that’s available to anyone who wants to look for it.
That’s the thing about reading. There are so many hidden gems for us to find but if we don’t read, how are we any different from a person who’s illiterate?
Now it’s always best to develop systems for the various areas of our lives. Systems for working out, building strong relationships, work, etc. Systems are important because they allow you to be consistent and help build a strong foundation. Systems allow you to do without thinking too much so you can reserve that thinking power for better things.
But for most people, they only have part of the pieces of the puzzle for these various systems. Those that occasionally read gather other pieces of the puzzle, but they’re always missing that one piece.
That one missing key.
It’s infuriating because you KNOW you’re so close, yet so far.
What the heck do you do?
And keep applying what you read and soon you’ll be able to find the puzzle piece that completes it FOR YOU.
Because the last puzzle piece that snaps into place for you will be different from others.
Let’s take the classic example of exercise.
We all know we should do it but it the idea of it is so unappealing to most people.
Spending 20 minutes on the elliptical is boring, but some have managed to find their puzzle piece to stick to that exercise regimen.
When they read an idea in a book on making things they hate to do fun. With that new puzzle piece, they can then figure out how to make the idea of working out on the elliptical something they can look forward to, something enjoyable for them.
Some bring their phones and tablets to watch TV shows and movies while working out. Others read. Others use that time to listen to audiobooks.
That’s the big missing puzzle piece for them.
The big missing puzzle piece that allows them to “complete” the system for exercising.
And now that they have a system for exercising, they have more energy, energy to do more things, and that begins to snowball and create results in other areas of their life.
Their “exercise system” can now be put on the backburner so to speak.
That great “ah ha”! feeling of finding the missing puzzle piece of a system is one of the best feelings in life.
When you read about something and try it out and find that it’s just THE thing that works for you – there’s nothing quite like that feeling, especially if you were struggling so hard in that area in the first place.
You may be struggling with a puzzle right now but keep reading and applying what you learn and you’ll eventually find it.
Sometimes the puzzle piece is right in front of us and we need to read it 100 times and different things need to happen for us to finally see it because only then will we be ready to see it.
I highly recommend spending at least 1 hour a day reading. Now that may be too much in one sitting so spread it out throughout the day. 20 minutes when you wake up, 20 minutes before you go to sleep and 20 minutes you can grab throughout the day.
And here’s the thing. Usually when you find the missing puzzle piece for one puzzle, you’ll find it’s one of the major missing pieces for another puzzle, so other puzzles get solved quicker because they’re all related.
If you do that, you’ll be able to find the missing puzzle pieces to so many puzzles, finish those puzzles, have multiple systems ready to go, and soon have multiple systems running in the background, helping you 24/7, creating all sorts of great results in your life.
It’s really an amazing journey to undertake.
Imagine finding all the missing puzzle pieces and thereby “completing” the various systems of your life.
It will definitely become a well oiled machine.