We’ve all heard of The Secret, the best-selling self-help book by Rhonda Byrne. It’s premise is that if you visualize what you want and think positively, you can control your destiny. Similar methods like Creative Visualization (which I have as a favorite on my cell phone!) help you visualize what you want and provide you affirmations to repeat. You are a Bad Ass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero is an inspirational leap forward toward living your best life.
Jen Sincero is a New York Times Bestselling author and a life coach. Before becoming a self-help guru, Jen amassed an eclectic array of experiences that have shaped her life and views of the possible in our lives. While working in the creative department at CBS records she played in several rock bands, which led to her first book, the semi-autobiographical novel Don’t Sleep with Your Drummer (MTV/Pocket Books, 2002). Her plans to become a world-famous rock star didn’t pan out, so she decided to try to be a lesbian. When she didn’t pull that off either, Jen wrote her second book, the national bestseller The Straight Girl’s Guide to Sleeping With Chicks (Fireside/Simon&Schuster, 2005). In 2011, she gave up her home and most of her belongings and began a journey as a global nomad, spending the next 3 years living all over the world while growing her online business and encouraging as many people to live lives of unbridled awesomeness.
Jen takes you through her own journey and outlines what she sees as the keys to success with whatever it is we wish to accomplish- a new job, weight loss, or finding the love of our lives. We all have a constantly-running dialogue in our heads that may undermine us or convince us we are not worthy enough to receive the good things we seek in our lives. We also have notions from our childhood that subconsciously stay with us as adults. For instance, if money was an issue as a child, you may have negative feelings about it that still cause issues for you. If your parents had a bad marriage, you may subconsciously be sabotaging your adult relationships
You are a Bad Ass emphasizes the power of being present, meditating, and praying. Pray to whatever “God” you want, but Jen feels that you need to believe in a higher power. By meditating, being present, being aware, and believing that you can receive what you most wish for, you can then manifest what you most desire.
What I found very helpful were Jen’s words about procrastination and fear, two inhibitors that haunt many of us. We get so much thrown at us, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed (I’m raising my hand here). Jen breaks it down into manageable ways that we can deal with stress and the need to prioritize. Create time for things- and people- that matter; “chunk” down your to-do list; delegate where you can; and ask for help where it’s needed! Jen says “Fear is for suckers” and holds us back from our best lives. And turn the question of fear around- rather than being afraid of following your dreams, be afraid of NOT following your dreams.
Jen has been hugely successful, and is a major bad ass. Even if you aren’t a big self help type person, this is a book that you will love. Jen is hysterical, and makes it a fun book to read or listen to. I have recommended it to a few friends, and no joke one of them who was getting down on herself on not getting a job, got one in two weeks. If you go to her site, you can see the testimonials of people who have worked with her. She also has a You Tube video, My Personal Journey from Loserville to Awesome City, link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BztdixFbbE0
For more info check out: www.jensincero.com