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For the last few years I’ve made it a new years resolution to conquer the good book. I guess I can’t assume that you know what I’m talking about. If you aren’t familiar with the term “the good book”, it’s the Holy Bible. I’ve decided that this is NOT one of my #reachable goals this year. I’ve tried in the past and failed so this year I’m not even putting it on my list.
Wow. That feels good to admit.
Reading the bible has been on my bucket list for a long time, but if you remember, I talked about reachable goals for a Happy New Year in January and I’m definitely sticking to that plan. Some might see this as a bad thing, giving up, but really, I’d rather not have it on my list hanging over my head knowing that it won’t get done than it not being on there for the immediate future.
With that being said, please don’t let my past failures deter you from a goal of reading this book. Reading the entire bible is something that I still want to do in my life, but instead of an immediate goal, it’s more of a long term one.
Seeing someone fail shouldn’t mean that you can’t conquer the good book. For some people it actually can act as motivation!
So how does one conquer the good book? I suggest these three tips:
- Know your why. Numerous people on the internet use “your why” to motivate people. Whether it has to do with sales or with fitness, this seems to be a popular concept. The Huffington post published an article called Know Your Why. It quoted leadership experts, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, and a comedian Michael Jr., who concluded, “When you know your ‘why’ then your ‘what’ has more impact, because you’re working towards your purpose.”
- Get an app. If you are going to take on this great feat, make it easy for yourself. Last year, around this time of year I wrote Have no fear! The Quintessential Bible App is here! It was a post about the free Bible App for iphone users that helps you read the good book in little chunks instead of trying to get it done all at once.Even though I haven’t met the challenge, I still believe the best app around that will help you conquer the good book is the free Bible App for iPhone.
- Do it with someone else. Whether it’s a Facebook group online or a group of friends from your local community, you are not the only person who wants to read this book. Find a few people who are working on reading the bible or who are participating in a bible study and join them!
If you happen to conquer the good book this year I’d love to hear about how you did it. One day I’m sure I’ll add this to my list of accomplishments. For the moment it’s something that is just beyond my reach.
Are you someone who has been able to conquer the good book? How’d you do it?