I am not a self-help fanatic. Well maybe once upon a time I was, but now, I feel like I have a grasp on my life. All my self-help answers come from the bible as cliché as that might sound. However, I’ve been seeing You Are Badass by Jen Sincero all over (from Instagram to the shelves of Barnes and Nobles and Urban Outfitters). My favorite bloggers and youtubers swear by this book, so I decided to give it a chance. I always need a little push in the right direction and to be told that I am as bad as they come! (Pun intended).
The book is written in an amicable tone, to make the reader feel like he/she is good friends with the author. Jen shares her own personal story in each of the chapters, getting very intimate about her life’s triumphs and shortcomings. Jenn encourages her readers to give back to others and to dream big. She ends each of the chapters with a few practical tips on applying her advice to your real life.
This book encouraged me more than I could imagine. Sometimes I fight success and hinder my full potential because I am constantly in my head; However, this book gave me the kick that I needed. Stop procrastinating, follow your passions, and become successful—as simple as that. It also made me realize that I need to speak faith and positivity in my life. If you believe it then you can achieve it.
One of the best activities to do in this book is to create a mantra. Simply put, I wrote about my dream life as if I am already living it, so it was written in the present tense but it hasn’t happened yet. What it allowed me to do was declare greatness for my future. This exercise was actually powerful. I got really giddy thinking about how awesome my life is going to turn out just by writing it down and having faith that my hopes and dreams may one day come true.
This book made me view money differently as well. I think I’ve fallen into the philosophy of believing that money is the root to all evil, for many reasons I find this to be true, but the author made me confront my issues with money and helped me change the way in which I view it. When I see success for my life, there’s also a monetary component of it, so if I view money negatively, how will I invite more of it into my life? Does that make sense? It did while I was reading the book.
My only critique, and this is a big one, is that she gives God, the almighty, alpha + omega a nick name called “Source Energy.” I wanted to dislike her because of her audacity. I think she was trying to make people who don’t necessarily believe in God comfortable with the idea of her talking about spirituality; maybe I just revere God so much that I am not comfortable with people dancing around the fact that they are believers out of fear of judgment or not looking cool, when non-believers scream their atheism from the rooftop without fear of being judged. I know why she did it, and it’s a genius technique because she’s trying to even the playing field for all of her readers, but it just didn’t sit well with me. I didn’t like that she credits the “Universe” for everything that goes right and wrong with our lives either. It was too weird for me.
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