Reading And Taking Action

Do You Implement What You Read?

Many of us have a to-read list for the months ahead. But you merely read or do you implement?

To me, reading lists and book implementation lists are two different things. A reading list is a book list of stories I read to entertain me. They do not necessarily have to be fiction to do so but are more likely to be. Those are the books that I approach with a different mindset than those on my implementation list.

Now, what is an implementation list, and what are these books?

Those books are volumes that I read with the intent not only to learn from them but with the direct intent to take at least one of the points presented and to actively try them out. I seek out these books because I want to learn something, but learning is not enough, it is doing that creates the results. And because I am living in a growth mindset (more on that another time), I am approaching these books with the up-most intend to take an active part from the lessons held within.

For a long time, I was like many people I know – I read, a lot (okay more than the average person), but I never truly followed through on the lessons presented before me. It was easy to say how interesting a particular chapter was but was it enough to change what I was doing, or add a new active perspective into my life? Not really. The truth is, that I meant to take these action, but never followed through.

“Always strive to be better than you were yesterday.” – Tom Bilyeu

But I made a promise to myself that this is no longer an option. If I read a book that has repeatable actions within them, and that I chose to learn something from – may it be because I read a review, found them on a list of a person whom I admire (like this list by Quest Founder Tom Bilyeu), or because its premise leads me to believe that there was value within the covers, I will take at least one of those actions and practice them. Now, I am not expecting to do that if I find myself in the middle of the book and it does not resonate with me at all, of course, but I will do this more often than not, and because I am already picky about what I add on my reading list, which is ever growing, that should not be a problem. Which brings me to my questions for you:

Which book have you read in the last year, and actually implemented something from it – may it be in your personal life, or in your business adventures? What made you take these actions, and why did you pick up this book in the first place?

As we are approaching the middle of January, I am in the middle of implementing some of the goals I have set for the year. I have been lucky to have been encouraged to create some more motivational designs over the last few weeks, and I am especially happy about my notebook collection that ranges from themes of courage to sharing your thoughts with those you love. So check out my truly unique custom notebook collection here. Absolutely, a reason to be grateful. 

It is my pleasure to serve you, so if you have any suggestions about notebooks and journals you want to see in the future, please let me know. I also accept custom orders – and can combine my art with specific messages for you. Simply drop me a line at or leave me a comment below.



Have a wonderful week!


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This post is a part of the following blog hops

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Thankful Thursday Link Up 

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14 thoughts on “Reading And Taking Action

  1. Cute notebooks, I hope they do well for you.

    I hadn’t really thought about my reading in this way, but you’re right – I do read a lot of books to gather information and implement changes, and here they’re usually autumn-related to help my son.

  2. I don’t read nearly enough either. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. I will have to set some goals for this year and try to stick to them. As Brian said, you have a very nice home here.

  3. I love your motivational notebooks, both the idea and the execution.You’re such a talented artist! Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  4. I don’t read nearly as much as I used to. I have a growing list of books I want to read, but have never considered separating them. I’m going to have to do this so maybe those books I need to read will get into my hands a lot sooner. I love the journal covers, Claudia. I have a journal that I share with my husband, it’s all about him. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

  5. Pingback: An Unchanging God {Thankful Thursdays}

  6. PepiSmartDog: wow – we don’t know Wix, we will check it out.
    We will be interested to know how you think it compares to WP.
    Can’t wait to see your new site with all your things on it. :=o)
    Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.
    We always look forward to reading your posts each week. Have a great week! *waves paw* :=o)

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