I’m a huge baseball fan and I faithfully follow and cheer for the New York Mets. As good as they are purported to be this season, there are a few members of the team who are in “batting slumps”. Jose Reyes, the esteemed Yoenis Cespedes and even the reliable Michael Conforto are all suffering from this debilitating affliction. They aren’t producing the hits needed to help their team. But recently, Jay Bruce “Bruuuuce” has broken his so-called slump and has had some key game-changing hits. So, what’s his secret? And what does baseball have to do with reading?
I don’t believe it’s a big secret really; I think Jay Bruce just kept at it, with practice and perseverance. I’m in a “reading slump” right now. I start a book, read a few pages, then become disinterested, or I fall asleep before I can even comprehend one word. Sometimes it’s just about not having the compunction to read, like it’s a school assignment or something and who wants to do an assigned reading, really? So, what’s the solution? Everyone is different and there is not one wrong or right way, but I have a few suggestions to help you break out of it in case you’re in a ‘slump’ like me:
The good news about a reading slump is that it’s usually short-lived. You will be back in the ‘swing’ of things (pun-intended) before you know it and reading voraciously again. When you’re out of your slump, share what worked for you – how did you get out of it and what book was the catalyst? I’ll be sure to do the same…