Read this ASAP. Tomorrow, 23rd April is the World Book Day and I want you to celebrate it with full gusto.
It’s the day to celebrate the hard-work, determination & perseverance you have put-in to create your Reading Habits.
In an era where people are addicted to their smartphones, where their attention dangles like a puppet whose strings are being pulled by the social media giants, you are amongst the very rare category of people on this planet who are fighting against their distractions to build this wonderful, magical habit of Reading.
Many of you are in your First Year as a ReadAR, Some of you are in the Second Year & few of you fast approaching the completion of Third Year as a ReadAR. It’s a feat worth celebrating!
If in case some of you are wondering, this is NOT a Testimonial which I am asking you for. So you don’t have to make it about me.
This is about you. All about celebrating your feat & accomplishments in the World of Books with the World on the World Book Day.
5 Ideas How you can celebrate World Book Day –
You can choose any idea you have. But if you are short of ideas, here are 5 —
A. Write your Journey from Zero Books for X number of Years to One/Two/Three Books in a Month.
B. Share a picture of all the Books you have read ever since you began to work on your daily reading habit.
C. Write how Reading Books has helped you personally, professional or both.
D. Share your style of Reading, your tips & tricks on Reading.
E. Write a book review of the book you just Finished.
You can Write or Speak about it. Here’s how you can choose between the two
Pick one that you have been wanting to do for a long while.
If you have been wanting to Write, Write.
If you have been wanting to Speak, Speak.
If you have been wanting to Write & Speak, then Write & Speak
It’s easiest to write or speak something when you are truly passionate about it, when you have gone through that process.
Because at that moment, you’re not writing or speaking from your mind. Your Mind is the Enemy! It’s the most dubious, fickle, doubt creator, two-faced entity you will ever face.
At that moment, you will be writing or speaking from your Heart. ❤️Your heart is always at the right place, always true to the core & always speaks at the emotional level others can instantly connect on.
Write your Heart out. Speak your Heart out. Period.
3 Steps to Ease your Fears of Writing & Speaking
I wrote this entire essay in 15 mins & Editing took 10 mins.
Heck sharing it personally with each ReadAR will take more time!
Here are the 3 simplest tips you can apply
- Set a timer of 15/20 minutes to Write on your Laptop/Mobile. Put your phone on Airplane Mode by default, even if you are writing on your Mobile. And sit where you can see your pile of books you have read.
- Now write. When you are writing, do not let your mind interfere. Just write anything and everything that comes out of your mind. Do not correct grammar mistakes, Do not edit any sentence at all, Do not try to beautify right now. Just Write.
P.S — Welcome to the art called Freewriting.
- Now Edit. Quick & Fast
a. Copy & paste what you have written & put it on Grammarly Free Account (it’s quite effective)
b. Format it for “Readability in 2022” – Recall James Clear’s Atomic Habits – he had written in big fonts & short paragraphs. Only few paragraphs went beyond 7 continuous lines. Your paragraph should ideally be 3-5 lines long.
If you are going to speak, you should write for 5/10 minutes as above, and then hit record!
Ship your Content!
The world is waiting to hear your story. Share it!
You have done the hard work to writing your story. It’s time to share it with the world. Most people get stuck here.
I have been one of them. I’ve hesitant in sharing my story, in showing my work over the last decade. And I am the one who is still paying for it. Today I have to work 10x harder to share something.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to not be AR.
Share! Not for likes. Not for social media validation. (You will ofcourse get them) Not to become a Social Media Influencer & Definitely Not for AR.
You will be Sharing this for yourself. Present & Future Self.
On the days when your future self feels bad, feels down, all you will have to do is to check these posts and reflect on the incredible progress you have made on this journey.
Some tips & tricks for the platform you choose
If you are sharing on LinkedIn, the best time to post is between 9 AM to 11 AM.
If you are sharing on Instagram, the best time to post is between 9 – 11 AM OR 5:30 – 6:30 PM.
If you are sharing on Twitter, the best time to post is between 8 – 9 AM or 7:30 to 8:30 PM.
Get set go. Write & Ship it!
As aNIKEt says — “Just Do It”
If reading this has inspired you, don’t wait for tomorrow to take the next step. Just start right away.
Once you have shipped it on social media platforms, go ahead and share it with your Group of ReadARs.
And don’t forget to share the link on your Whatsapp Status too. The most powerful discovery tool right now 🙂
If you have any question, ask in the comments OR preferably on the Group (Batch 22/21 or The ReadARs Club)