3 Reasons Why You Need to Stop Reading to Succeed

Have you ever given up on your yearly reading goal?  Do you find that you “have to” read more books than you did last year? Would you consider to stop reading to succeed?

Stop Reading

I don’t know about you, but I am always amazed at the people who have a goal of reading 100 books in a year.  To me, it seems like an impossible task.  Now, it may be a great goal for some individuals, but I believe that it is a bad goal for most of us.

Rather, I would encourage you to have a goal to stop reading this year.  Yes, that’s right – stop reading so many books, articles, and even my blog!  Yikes!


Here are 3 reasons I believe you need to stop reading to succeed this next year and actually reach your goals.

#1: Stop reading because you already know enough.

Yes, that’s right.  If you are an adult, you already know enough.  You know enough right now to lay down the foundation for you to succeed at your goal.

I love to read!  But I fall consistently into the trap that I need to “read more” all the time.  Please don’t misunderstand my intentions.

I firmly believe that great leaders are readers and that people who read more generally are more successful in their lives.  However, there comes a point where knowledge is enough.  You’ve got it!  You don’t need one more self help book.

No, you need to kick it into gear and move ahead!

#2: Stop reading because you need to take consistent action.

Obviously, you need to take action!  Knowledge is nothing without action.

For example, I used to have a lot of knowledge of biology.  I was very good at memorizing, and could ace all the tests I had in high school and in college.  Well, fast forward ten years since I’ve been in college, and yeah, I’ve got nothing for you.

So, stop reading that book and start taking action on your dreams today.

#3: Stop reading because you are wasting your time.

Reading can be similar to watching television for some people.  It becomes a way to “pass time” without really providing positive benefits.

Here’s what I mean.  If you know that you should be working out, constructing a new table, writing your novel, or doing your homework then reading is not going to help you finish those tasks.

Everyone needs breaks and should take them.  Reading is such a great way to take a break.  Trust me, I can get completely lost for hours in a Ted Dekker series!

But I know that I won’t get my blog post written if I procrastinate and pick up one of his books.

So learn how to not waste your time reading, but instead to be purposeful.  Should you read more to be more?  Absolutely!  But if you already are reading consistently, increasing your number of books will not lead you to success unless you take consistent action!

But don’t just listen to God’s Word.  You must do what it says.  Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. – James 1:22 NLT



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