Over the last year, I have emphasized the need to speed read. Speed reading is an excellent exercise for our minds, but it also creates space to do other things. I have also mentioned the importance to meditate as a ritual. Today, I want to discuss applying some of the same ideas to other non-fiction books. These good books hold decades of wisdom and experiences if we extract the information.
How to Get More out of Good Books
A definition of meditation is intentional thinking. You can create an internal dialogue with yourself about the good books you read. Analyzing what the author is theorizing is important to fully digest all of reading that you do, and is a great critical thinking exercise.
Revealing My Process for Book Meditating
I am currently reading Brian Tracey’s book “No Excuses” that follows this idea. After a month, I am only through two chapters, but time is not as big of a factor as the importance of processing the ideas is. I am writing thoughts and ideas down, drawing arrows from one idea to another, marking, highlighting, circling, and underlining in the book as I go along.
This Is Why…
I buy a lot of used books when I do buy physical copies. When I find a book that has highlights and marks I feel those marks add depth and history to a book. I get the privilege to see through the eyes of another person as they went through the book as they read it. They have left little snippets of their thoughts for others to consider.
8 Good Books I Have Analyzed and Carefully Processed
Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin
First Things First by Stephen R. Covey
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Nehemiah (Expositional Commentary) by James Montgomery Boice
The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles
The Power of Concentration by Theron Q. Dumont
If You Want to Improve Your Life You Have to Read
Some of these good books have been influential in my life and my personal development. Other books have presented ideas that have improved my focus, productivity, and time-management. In the Bible, Nehemiah was an interesting study. I completed reading through Nehemiah with a young professional men’s fellowship. It was filled with lessons on leadership, relationships, focus, goals, and commitment that relate to today’s world.
Go the Extra Mile…
Take the time to consider studying good books and extracting the ideas they present to meditate on them for some time. Books provide us with decades of information that we can use when facing life’s concerns. Authors have shared obvious clues that indicate routes to success if we choose to pay attention.