The Book Club | You are a Badass
There was a solid few months there where the most strenuous thing I read was my shopping list. I don't know if I just couldn't be bothered, or I hadn't found anything that interested me enough to read.
I went through a 'literary cannon' phase there for a while because I felt that being an English teacher automatically meant that I had to read certain books, like them and then discuss them in a thoroughly obnoxious way.
I couldn't do it.
Some of those books deemed 'critically acclaimed' were downright boring to me and I just plain didn't like them. In fact, there have been some novels where forcing myself to continue another chapter is the equivalent of scooping my eyes out with a spoon. But we're not here to talk about them.
We're here to talk about 'You are a Badass' by Jen Sincero.
It's one of those books that is pure gold the entire way through! Admittedly, I was somewhat sceptical of all the 'connecting to source energy' and 'higher power' business, but I just substituted those for 'positivity' and 'God' (I'm a Christian) and that placated me significantly.
What's it about?
According to the author, it's about "How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life." She talks about why we think the way we do and how we can change that way of thinking in order to start living the life we want.
What do I like about it?
I like that she kinda looks at things from a psychological level. I found that I wasn't just reading stuff I already knew or heard a million times.
I like how she uses her own life as an example because I find it useful to see how the practices look in action.
I like how she brings in The Law of Attraction and that if you want your life to look a certain way, you have to act as if it already does. I thought this was a really cool concept and am starting to put in into place in my own life and have seen a dramatic shift in my mood and the way I perceive things around me.
Some great quotes
-You have to change your thinking first, then the evidence appears. Our big mistake is that we do it the other way around. We demand to see the evidence before we believe it to be true. (P.95)
-Watching someone else totally go for it can be really upsetting to the person who's spent an entire lifetime building a solid case for why they themselves can't . (P. 43)
-What other people think about you has noting to do with you and everything to do with them. (P.67)