When you practice healthy habits and behaviors, you are improving your personal life; and needless to say, we all probably need tools – varied as they may be – to practice good habits and behaviors. Such tools might include positive influences, reading materials, support and a variety of different resources.
How to practice healthy habits through reading
If you enjoy reading you will find this habit easy to learn; but if, on the other hand, you despise reading then you will need to learn how to change your attitude towards it before adding it to your “good habits” column.
Reading is the best thing you can do, since it gives you insight, mental acuity and a healthy mind. However, the material you choose should be educational, rather than foul; since the latter would risk defeating the purpose. One example is the choice between reading X-rated magazines or history books.
To get the most out of your reading, consider what you want to learn. Do you want to learn how to manage your money? If so then choose books that help you to set up budgets and manage your cash. Do you want to learn how to become a better person? If so then pick up books that guide you to success in that regard. Remember everyone has his/her own ideas of how to achieve success. As you read the material, consider your needs and wants.
When you start reading and feel bored, skip through the books until you find a topic that holds your interest. Reading material can start out boring and yet, if you continue reading, you just might find a pot of gold. While you are reading and you discover what you learned works, then put it to good use by taking action. Practice your new discoveries each day so that you will never forget your newfound knowledge.
If you come to areas where you find it difficult to understand, rewrite the information until you grasp its meaning. Sometimes one word can create a problem that has the potential to stop the learning process. Instead of dwelling on that one word, move ahead. When you read it helps to put yourself in the material by pretending you are a character acting out the scene. This helps you to learn, build skills and move ahead.
Sometimes it helps to learn with other people aso. If you find it difficult to read without interruptions, invite a friend or family member to join you. Learning together is a healthy way to improve your personal life.
Once you find out what you want to learn, start reading and put your new ideas to work and take possession of what you learned. Authors write books to give you clues on improving your life. Use the information and the author will thank you. When you find areas that help you to improve, take notes and Use those notes to your benefit.
Taking action helps you to put what you learn to good use because when you start to take action you learn and retain the instructions that move you to improvement. You can learn to take action by following instructions and practicing what you learn.
If you make mistakes along the way, learn from those mistakes. Do not take a sledge hammer and beat yourself down, because that certainly wouldn’t help; what does help is understanding that mistakes are a part of learning, so don’t be afraid of them. In addition, take control of your emotions. The emotions are tricky, slimy critters that can be either your friend or your worst enemy. Take control.
Once you learn new skills, learn to accept your new way of living. As you are learning you can also set visuals up in your mind that guide you to becoming the new you. Use your critical thinking cap to guide you in the right direction. When those light bulbs come on do not allow them to be banished. Allow the lights that click on in your head and guide you to improving your personal life.