A Book and a Movie

Have you ever had trouble getting something done that you know you probably should do?

When I came back to my place from court the other day, to deal with some traffic tickets I irresponsibly committed 3 months ago, I decided to finish the book I was reading. I had anticipated finishing this book so I went to the library to check out some movies beforehand to then prepare myself for a “binge session” of reading.

I like to read and I also like movies. But I used to not be able to read, as much as I would like to, because my love of movies overtook all of my free time.

The important thing to know here is, that I let my love of movies occupy all of my free time.

I always had a choice though…

I realized the true importance of reading about 3 years ago. I also realized that my love of movies and tv shows, well, was just a way for me to shut off the rest of the world and put my mind to “nevereverland.” Listen though, I do agree that sometimes you need to just “let yourself go” and get away from all of the noise that’s in all of our lives, but I took that to a whole other level though when, in every free moment I had was, virtually, used watching a movie or a tv show. It got to the point where  I used to go to the Library and spend an hour checking out 15 movies and then going back to my place and spending the rest of the next week, systematically, watching each movie. To say the least, I was addicted… really addicted… to watching movies and tv shows. If there was a disease correlated to watching movies, I would be used as the “case study” to prove that this is a real problem and to not be like “this guy”(ME).

So I made a decision a few months ago. That decision was that I needed to spend a lot more time reading and a lot less time watching movies. What I did was I set up a “Reward System.” Because, I didn’t want to give up movies completely. HELL NO. I still liked movies… come on guys.

My “Reward System” is simple. Every single book I read, I’m allowed to watch one movie. Once I put this system in almost 2 months ago I saw my reading improve drastically.   Since I’ve implemented this strategy, I’ve read 3 books and I’m on my way to finishing my fourth. It’s not that I can read faster, it’s just that I read more when I would otherwise be scrolling through news feeds of Facebook or Instagram. I’m instead, spending my time… reading. And yes, I like to read books, but I’m also digging into more online articles, blog posts, and ebooks during my spare time that relate to my field. I haven’t added the reading of those things yet as an incentive to my “Reward System” yet, but I’m tempted too.

So I recently finished a book and had the great pleasure of watching an spectacular movie. I decided to watch “Pawn Sacrifice” that stars Tobey Maguire. Side note: The best Spider Man’s are the ones that Tobey Maguire stars in, in the early 2000’s. Without going into much, if any detail, if you’re a chess fan, Tobey Maguire fan, or just a movie fan in general, I highly recommend this movie that also stars Liev Schreiber in it. The cinematography is top notch. All you movie lovers, let me know what you think.

To wrap this post up though I just want to say that, if there’s anything in your life that’s holding you back from reaching your goals, you must take action and fix it. I realized that my, EXTREME, love of movies was taking a lot of time away from things I should be doing. S0 I developed a system to take me away from my bad habit. I encourage you all to recognize those bad habits in your life, that are weighing you down, and work towards eradicating them from your life. If you do this, you’ll see drastic improvement in many areas of your life. The hardest part is taking that first step. Once you take that first step, in making those necessary changes, it will get easier… and easier… and easier. You just have to keep moving forward.


“Chains of habit are to light to be felt until they are to heavy to be broken.” -Warren Buffet


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