I spend a lot of time reading self help books. Most of these books are super incredible and I love to share them with others, so I thought I would take the opportunity to start a little series. Every Monday, I'll post about a motivational or inspiring self help book. If one strikes your fancy, I hope you'll look into it!
Although not the first self help book that I had read, You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero served as a real kick in the pants turning point for me. I borrowed the audiobook from the library and devoured it. The moment it was over, I went to Barnes and Noble and bought my own copy. I have been continually re-reading it ever since.
First of all, Jen Sincero is completely real. She doesn't offer guidance from a pedestal because she's lived a crappy life and managed to turn it around, so she knows what it's like to be in the trenches. She knows what it feels like to be continually living a life below your potential and the burning desire it takes to turn it around.
She also calls out your crap and tells you how to get it in gear. In order to change your life, you have to be willing to acknowledge what isn't working, so that you can take steps to change it. Somehow, without directly insulting you, Jen is able to show you what needs fixing.
Jen is also pretty entertaining. If you don't think you can stomach a self help book, look into the audiobook. It's read by her and you'll be surprised by how much you laugh while she's kicking your butt. I quote her often on Instagram and here on the blog, but below are some of my favorite Jen Sincero quotes, just in case!
"Most of the time it's not lack of experience that's holding us back, but rather the lack of determination to what we need to do to be successful."
"If you're serious about changing your life, you'll find a way. If you're not, you'll find an excuse."
"Feed your fear a suck-it sandwich."
"If you made the decision that you were going to reach your goals, you would do whatever it took. If you merely wanted to, but hadn't made the firm decision to, you'd roll over and begin convincing yourself that you life is fine just the way it is."