The Three Book Diet

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I was talking to Jacq the other day about the fact that people don’t really work very hard on implementing the lessons of the books we read because we all have this habit of “getting it done.” We finish a book and then move on to the next, as if we are performing some kind of duty. We read, looking for a tiny spark of an idea, a little nugget, but we never sit with it all. We never work to implement it.

I aim to change that, for myself, and if you are interested, I want you to join me in the adventure.

Announcing the Three Book Diet

Here’s the premise:

  • Choose 3 books to read from November 1, 2012 until November 1 2013.
  • Yes, that’s right. Three books.
  • Commit to a 3 book diet ( #3bd in Hashtag speak)
  • They can be new to you or old favorites. Any genre. Any kind.
  • Read these books for an entire year. Over and over. At least twice. More likely you’ll do it more often than not.
  • Implement what you can.
  • Probably useful to pick books that represent different facets of your life.
  • You have until November 1 to choose, but after you start, you have ONLY ONE WEEK to change your mind on ONLY ONE TITLE, so after that, you’re locked in.
  • If you want, you can tweet links to posts about your experiences with #3BD with that hashtag and we’ll follow them by searching #3BD (that’s an active search link).
  • Students have permission to read outside of the 3 books, but ONLY for school.

Why Do This At All?

My reasons for trying this is because I’d like to see just how deeply I can go in my practice and experiences by revisiting the text of three books over and over. I’d like to see if I can implement what I’ve learned deeply enough for it to matter to my life. I want my choices to influence my success in my life.

My thought is that so many people (myself included) rush from book to book without absorbing much. I intend to make a change in my life, and through it, learn to really appreciate what I have. I’ve set the time line to one year to really settle the point into my head.

Which 3 Books Will You Choose?

This is a very personal decision. My choice was to pick from three different parts of my life: body, spirit, and business. I waffled a lot about which categories to choose, because I really feel like maybe a work of fiction would be interesting to visit over and over again for a year. But ultimately, if I’m going to make such a drastic decision as the #3BD, I should probably make it really rewarding for my success.

Here are mine, which are, again, just a personal choice. (All of these links are amazon affiliate links):

Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change – For spirit. I’m a big fan of Pema Chodron.

My second book is The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life. I met Dr Brooks at his son’s conference, the Agents of Change. We hit it off immediately. I have immense respect for his body of work. So, this is my tribute to him, and my challenge: a year with his book.

My third book is a change. I have replaced one of my books with http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/055338368X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=055338368X&linkCode=as2&tag=chrisbrogan”>Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield. It’s a novel about the Battle of Thermopylae (you’d know it from the movie, 300, with the Spartans and all that).

Why the change? Because I’m doing something different for fitness, and because I needed more help with mental toughness. This book brings it. Pressfield, himself, recommended it.

Are You With Me?

Could you commit to reading only three books for an entire year? What do you think? What will your choices be? Share them via Twitter using the #3BD hashtag.