Read (Part of) a Personal Development Book Every Day to Keep the Doctor Away
One of the most life-changing habits that I developed over the past year is I began to read (or listen) to personal development books almost every day.
With almost any personal development book (though I could recommend many under the My Favorites section of my website), you are going to learn some helpful stories, tools, habits, and ways of thinking about the world that you didn’t realize before.
You will expand your mind and what you are capable of.
Without personal development books, taking courses, hiring a coach, or participating in a workshop, how will you expand your idea of what is possible for you and your life? Not just for your physical health but for everything you do and become?
If your friends or family aren’t into personal development, they may provide you a lot of love and emotional support in the best way they know how. But they may not be the best people to help you expand your reality of what you can do with your life through the power of your beliefs.
You basically get the benefit of wisdom, experience, and guidance from people who have succeeded in any number of areas of life.
You’ll learn how they managed this despite incredible setbacks, challenges, and other obstacles, just like or similar to the ones you are currently facing.
You expand your belief about what is possible, and in so doing, you expand your thoughts, which create your feelings/emotions, which then creates your behavior, and finally creates your results in any area or any number of areas of life.
“But how will reading personal development books help my health?” you may ask.
Well, your mind has a huge power over your body. Scientific studies about the placebo affect abound. What you believe and think affects your physiology as well.
Remember, your thoughts create your feelings and emotions. If you’re feeling happy, excited or hopeful, your body will feel very different than if you feel worried, depressed, or hopeless.
That will affect your body’s long-term health, for better or worse.
Personal development books, in my experience, tend to help you realize the power of overcoming limiting beliefs and expanding your concept of what is possible for your health.
They help you improve your health in ways you might not have considered before.
Finally, they help you take action on a number of habits that will inevitably have a positive effect on your health.
You’ll learn how many successful people prioritized health in their busy, chaotic lives, and you’ll be inspired to do the same just by absorbing their material.
“What if I don’t have time?” you might say.
Subscribe to Audible.
It’s a worthwhile investment, especially if your spouse or other family member share an account.
Listen to the book of your choice while you do dishes, while you drive or travel, while you fold the laundry, do yard work, take a walk, or go on a jog. Basically, listen to it anytime you can multitask and don’t need to be mentally or emotionally present for other people.
Start TODAY. Set a goal to start with an easily manageable number of pages or minutes listened per day, stick to it for 90 days, and then increase if you can.
Can you commit to one page per day? 10 pages? 10 minutes? I think so! And I don’t think you’ll regret it!!!
How has reading or listening to personal development books helped YOU? What are your favorites? Comment below!