At Successiory, pricing, process and project management, which now includes feasible schedules, begin as intrinsic discussions. Social media is the only service I offer that is world-facing first. Social media can be a lot to navigate, without clarity on who you are (and aren't) as a business and what you offer (and don't). Media, friends and organizations we follow, bombard us with information, factual or otherwise, that push our buttons and drain our energy, and we wind up going wherever they tug us. More, they feed anxiety and depression for many.
What we ingest
Beyond social media, there are so many other influencers - books, conversations, conferences, charismatic (perhaps well-intentioned) friends and networking clubs. On their own, each of these may propel us on our personal and professional journeys, strengthening our alignment with our own vision, if you're clear on your values and beliefs, your boundaries, with each. Jump in lost and helpless, without some clarity on how this will serve your vision in some way, it's easy to be pushed to and fro. Like social media, each of these can influence your mood, confidence, and therefore energy levels and, therefore, our actions.
Social media, news, books, people, food, whatever you put into your system - mind, body, soul, spirit - will always affect your energy, which affects your mindset and after habitual input, affects your values and beliefs as well, even if you're not conscious of it. That's before we even start talking about developing permanent neurological and chemical pathways in the brain, and the impacts on your health, otherwise. We may all be on board with "taking tech breaks", but if you're going to pick up "the top 50 business books in 50 days", are you really giving your mind a moment to unwind?
How you ingest it
Mindful reading - my own term - asks that you read slowly enough to compartmentalize more impactful morsels of information, as it comes in, for a greater sense of peace. You take what's resonates, leave what doesn't, and note what falls into neither camp and is perhaps expanding your awareness. This asks that you take time after you've read each book to allow your conscious mind to process what comes up. Eureka moments continue to pop up for years after, when you read mindfully, so don't make it a task. Reading at a relaxed pace maximizes the benefit of the book for you, and minimizes the likelihood of brainwashing and the emotional roller coaster of self doubt. I know, everyone is "not that dumb" and that that "can't happen to me", but know that it is often intelligent people who are simply too busy or moving too quickly to notice.
If we have 48.6 thoughts a minute, or ~70,000 thoughts a day, we have far more than we can capture and review for storage/release in the moment. Add to that a finite amount of decision making energy per day, and you definitely can't capture all of your thoughts.
Furthermore, you're not going to distinguish between how many of those are your own, and how many were planted by books, news, friends or society. Think, then, of what 50 books in 50 days will do. If you're not busy, and can take the time to mindfully review those later on, great. Many people I come across don't even have time to reflect on their days before bed, far less 50 books.
Mindful reading, specifically for you
Of course, as I always say, take what works and leave what doesn't. Absolutely live and let live - we are all where we need to be at this time. How liberating it is to know that!
If you need to binge read lots of mindless books to unwind, because it's less about the content than it is about how it makes you feel, do it. I used to - and likely will from time to time when life gets heavy and I need a break. Apparently, reading helps give your mind space to process the day before bed (honestly can't recall the source). I just caution that you not replace what you're avoiding with something harmful, unknowingly.
Read, by all means, it is good. My invitation is merely to do so mindfully, whatever that means for you. In fact, whether you dive into books, people, social media or closed communities, I invite you to hear yourself first, then let others into your head as it makes sense to you.
I'd love to know what mindful reading means to you. Have a great one!
Crystal-Marie Sealy, MBA, is a keynote speaker and entrepreneurial strategy consultant focused on sustainable business models for established entrepreneurs and professionals transitioning to entrepreneurship. President and founder of Successiory and her signature "Mindful Entrepreneurship. Your E.A.S.Y. Affluence Business Model™ by Successiory", Crystal-Marie works with professionals who want to build sustainable (livable) business models around their lifestyles and create sustainable client community on social media. She also speaks and delivers workshops at business and motivational conferences on authenticity, entrepreneurial strategy for pricing, process, feasible schedules and client social media community. Connect with her and subscribe at www.successiory.ca