I led a creativity book club session. There were 16 readers. I did it to to support a friend and it was a shock to see the skepticism during the question and answer session. The book was The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and people were in disbelief that one could, should or would want to do what is in the book.
One individual said, I mean come on you are going to work at being Proactive, Begin With the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win / Win, Seek First to Understand, Synergize, and then Sharpen The Saw too?
I replied, who said you have to do it all? What if you just did half? If you made an effort to Begin With the End in Mind do you think a little proactivity would sneak in? If you’re investing diligently to Begin With the End in Mind do you think that might have something to do with putting first things first and going for a win / win?
It was as though I relieved a huge burden or lifted an unbearable weight from the group. Everyone was relieved they were not expected to do everything in the 400 plus page book even though no coach or anyone else ever said anything of a sort. The objective was to read the book.
It was a lesson for me to see people look at the content so literally. I have always promoted self-interpretation. My mantra is to suggest that everyone become a better reader and that includes becoming creative enough to read a book like a pro. Decipher what a particular work means to you personally quickly and fluidly. What do you need to integrate? What can you pass on?
The fastest way to move forward is to know where you need to go and avoid where you don’t need to go. The book is a tool for you to use and manipulate. Stop throwing spaghetti at the wall!
Remember small daily efforts add up to BIG changes. You’re not expected to arrive tomorrow…just make sure you are not where you were yesterday.