What are you reading over the holidays?
It’s holiday time! What are you reading? What are you learning?
In Iceland everyone gives (and receives) books for Christmas. I have to admit I am quite jealous of this tradition. So, I took matters in hand and (will mostly) give books this year. Most people who know me at all know I love books and I love to read. Do you like reading? It’s a great way to relax, and it’s one of my primary self-development methods.
I have an old friend who regularly greets her friends with the question, “What are you reading?” This is one of my favorite questions because it assumes that the person is a learner and a reader. I think we should be both. So, the second question that goes with the first is “What are you learning?”
That really leads to pre-questions: Why are you reading these books? What are your goals? What books and articles are you reading that lead you to your goals? Also, what courses, lectures, YouTube videos, webinars might you be “attending” to reach your goals?
My reading and my goals
One of my biggest goals is always to work on being a better coach, supervisor and consultant for my clients, so I am reading coaching and supervision books and am in the middle of a finishing supervision course with EASC certification.
We are all constantly learning and changing and I believe change is possible for everyone.
We learn via modeling: watching and mimicking others to learn new ways of doing things and responding to our circumstances. Thus, we (I) should make sure I am being a positive model for others, my family and friends, my clients, my students…. We also learn via input (reading, for example).
So, what are your goals for 2019? What are doing to reach those goals? What are you reading and what are you learning?
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Have a great holiday season!
Patricia Jehle firstname.lastname@example.org
PS, here are some of the books I read in 2018:
Dare to Leadby Brene Brown
Safe Peopleby Dr. Henry Cloud and John Townsend
Boundaries for Leadersby Dr. Henry Cloud
Swayby Ori and Rom Brafman
Integrityby Dr. Henry Cloud
Tribe of Mentorsby Timothy Ferr
The Invention of Wingsby Sue Monk Kidd
Jesus Feministby Sarah Bessy
Independent Peopleby Hallor Laxness
The Mermaid Chairby Sue Monk Kidd
Go Set a Watchmanby Harper Lee
Grace Notesby Bernard MacClaverty
The Girl who Saved the King of Swedenby Jonas Jonasson
The House at the Edge of Nightby Catherine Banner
The Valley of Amazementby Amy Tan
Dragon Bonesby Lisa See
This is what’s on my table(what’s next or in the process):
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Changes that Healby De. Henry Cloud
The Resilience Factorby Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte
When the Heart Waitsby Sue Monk Kidd
Grounded by Diana Butler Bass
It can’t Happen Hereby Sinclair Lewis
A different Kind of Happiness by Larry Crabb
Letters from a Skepticby Greg and Edward Boyd
Veritas by Dean Edstrom