Read Less, Apply More
How amazing is the Internet? We have the ability to find anything we want, on any subject, in a matter of seconds. Jump forward to your email. How many gurus, ninjas and masters’ blog RSS feeds for your personal or business growth and development?
If you’re anything like me, I’m a virtual hoarder. I email, tweet and categorize all these intriguing articles I am going to read and apply to my life.
Right… just as soon as I do the other 100 things on my to-do list and microwave some chicken nuggets for my son’s dinner.
Don’t get me wrong, I love having access to all the “quality content” the web is providing to me but in the new year I am vowing to read less and apply more. I feel like my brain is so inundated with great ideas that it’s all I can do to digest them yet to bring them to full application is a whole other beast. I’m going to be picky, dangit! I am going to screen some of this incoming media to control the overload I’m feeling (and I’m sure you’re feeling too.)
Yes, I want to know everything about everything but I know as a logical truth if I get really good at one thing, I will be more effective than trying to stretch my brain capacity so thin. Here is where I propose: we, yes I’m pulling you into this as a collective super power, read less and apply more.
Be picky about what information enters our brains. Implement a screening process of sorts where we determine before we read the article if you are truly committed to applying what we could learn in the article. Maybe the article ends up sucking. Then we choose a better article next time. However, if we read and love the article, take time to absorb and apply.