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I’m Backing Out of My 2020 Reading Goal and Why You Should Consider It Too // Charlotte NC

Updated: Mar 2, 2020

March 02, 2020


That’s the number of books I set as a personal reading goal for 2020.

That may be a small number for some, but for me, it is a huge challenge. Not because I don’t like to read--I read ALL.THE.TIME. I’m passionate about learning. I’m passionate about personal growth. And I love learning.

No, it’s not the number that is challenging. It’s a challenge because everything I’m obsessed with reading is educational, inspirational, motivational and designed to be actionable. My books of choice are designed to be absorbed. To read and re-read. To pause and reflect. To pause and take action.

And therein lies the problem.

To set a goal to finish a certain number of books, strays from my original purpose for even investing my time into reading them. The goal becomes about the number and not what I’m learning and applying.

This eye-opener was inspired by Darren Hardy’s Feb 18, 2020 Darren Daily Episode: You Read Too Much and I am so grateful to have listened to this message early in my goal setting.

Darren reminded me that it’s not about the number of books I read, it’s about reading with purpose.

It’s about applying what I learn and find.

It’s about stopping and acting on actionable advice.

So, my goal has changed.

It’s no longer about reading 24 books.

It’s about applying what I read—in that moment. That’s where the greatest growth and changes are made.

Interestingly--if you're reading this on the day of publishing (March 02, 2020), it is "Read Across America Day". It's a day created to get people together and take part in reading books.

Here’s my current book list. It’s growing (and changing):

Everything is Figureoutable—Marie Forleo (currently reading)

Launch: Jeff Walker

Ask: Ryan Levesque

Present Over Perfect: Shauna Niequist

Chasing Slow: Erin Loechner

168 Hours: Laura Vanderkam

Big Magic--Elizabeth Gilbert

The War of Art—Steven Pressfield

Underdog Advantage—Dean Graziosi

Unshakeable—Tony Robbins

Marriage Fitness—Mort Fertel (a must-read if your married, or not)

How to Win Friends and Influence People—Dale Carnegie (re-reading)

The Success Principles—Jack Canfield

It Starts With Food—Melissa and Dallas Hartwig (re-reading)

Girl, Wash Your Face: Rachel Hollins

A Million Little Ways: Emily P. Freeman

Let it Go—T.D. Jakes

Max Out—Ed Mylett


The Compound Effect (audible)—Darren Hardy

Rich Dad Poor Dad—Robert Kiyosaki

So tell me, what’s inspiring you? I’d love to know!

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