Ok, so I don’t know if you can really call a book review “badass” but I couldn’t pass up the lame joke. What wasn’t lame was Jen Sincero’s You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. The book was motivational, inspiring, had lots of humor and a few f-bombs, aka it was right up my alley.
The author really focuses on the one thing that keeps most of us from getting out there and accomplishing our goals, ourselves. Our subconcious minds are full of doubts and reservations that have been developing since we were children. She uses the example of someone watching their parents struggle financially as a kid may have the subconcious belief that money results in relationship problems or that it results in suffering. These kind of subconcious beliefs cause people to shy away from their goals or to leave their comfort zones. Which stops them from living their most awesome life.
She also talks about getting back what you put out into the Universe, which sounded a little “woo woo” to me at first, but I was totally onboard with the idea by the end of the book. It’s like those days when I get up early and have my coffee in peace. I can sit and relax which in my head translates to a “great morning,” which keeps the rest of my day on a pretty positive path. The alternative is waking up to Mara fussing in her crib and trying to make her breakfast, get coffee in my system and wake myself up, all while she is latched to my legs. This usually results in me being frazzled and thinking the day is going to be a disaster. If I can switch my mood around and throw out some positve vibes, then usually the day isn’t so bad. Now while it may not be the Universe picking up my vibes, Mara totally is. If Mom is unhappy, she knows and our interactions for the day are kind of strained. Then Jesse comes home to two pissed ladies and before long he’s stressed out and grumpy too. Bad days totally happen, but finding a moment to sit down and refocus can totally recenter you. You’re in control of your thoughts and the vibes you send out, “your brain is your bitch.”
The other big focus of this book is making money doing something you enjoy. The author shares a lot of personal experience in starting out as a success coach. She talks about the struggles of being honest about her self-worth and raising her rates as she became more experienced. She has an entire chapter with five subsections about “wealth consciousness.” She believes that money is just another form of energy to open yourself up to (again, a little woo woo). In order to make money, you have to believe that you are worthy of money. You have to walk around and own it like the badass that you are. From this, you can make money that you didn’t think you were capable of making. For those that are more into the making money aspect of the book, Jen Sincero has another book that is all about making money, You Are a Badass at Making Money.
I’ve mentioned a few times here and on my Instagram that I’m on a motivational book kick. The past year has been so trying for me, but reading books that say “HEY! You can do this!” have really helped. Let me know if you have any motivational recommendations!