We have all experienced being inundated with emails, ezines, ecards and other e-updates, the reading of which can keep us in front of our computers for entire days at a time. In addition, the advanced cell phones everyone's carrying these days allow us the privilege and honor of reading even smaller type on our tiny phone screens.

Yet how much time do you spend reading something that's going to take you to the next level?

Years ago, I made a decision that I was going to spend at least fifteen to thirty minutes a day reading something that would help me grow and improve myself. I have been true to this practice for the last forty-plus years, and I have to say, I couldn't even begin to calculate the good that has come my way as a result of doing so.

I encourage you to make a resolution that you're going to spend at least twenty minutes a day just reading. I also challenge you to spend less time squinting at your various-sized monitors and more time sitting down to an actual printed, page-turning kind of read—you know, what we used to call "books," "journals" or "magazines." (Remember those?)

This resolution goes far beyond the cozy, old-fashioned feeling of simply connecting with a really good book. There is a science to this kind of reading that accelerates our personal growth. It works like this:

I often advise people to handwrite daily affirmations instead of typing them because it's important that we physically connect the mind (or spirit) to the body (the mechanics of handwriting) during this affirmation process. When mind and body are connected, our focus is greater and our comprehension is higher. As a result, permanent shifts in thinking—which bring real, tangible change in our lives—happen at a more pronounced rate. The same principle applies when we hold a physical book or magazine in our hands.

Surround yourself with inspirational books and uplifting articles that you can truly learn from. My personal library is filled with more than 2,500 books of this very nature—books I've been collecting for nearly fifty years on the workings of the mind, self development and the science of success.

Horace Mann said that we each must "resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes of reading a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year."

Your Networking Times subscription would be a great start. Spend fifteen to thirty minutes a day reading it. It's not necessary that you read it from start to finish; more importantly, read it with the intent of using just one idea that will propel you to the next level.

If you commit to doing this, I guarantee your life will never be the same!

BOB PROCTOR is Publisher of Networking Times.