File This One Under Self Help Books That Are Actually Tolerable

you are a badass review

As part of my fave new morning ritual – reading for an hour before tackling the work day, I’m cruising through a lot of books on my shelf that have been collecting dust over the years.

Most recently I finished up You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero, one I’ve been meaning to get to for awhile now. Best book title ever? When I discovered she was coming to speak here in Portsmouth, I signed up right away, and knew I had my next book review.

This was such a refreshing, fun read. She’s sassy, but also warm and friendly. I’d like to be friends.

To be clear, this is 100% a self help book. There’s no escaping the woo-woo, so if source energy, ego awareness and manifestation aren’t for you, you’ve been warned. But if you’re curious about some of these concepts and want to learn more, I highly recommend it. It’s a great entry point on topics that can feel a little heavy and confusing, as she explains them in simple, relatable ways.

The book gets to the root of moving through your own bullshit in order to love yourself and your life.

There are a lot of factors holding us back from living the way we desire, and she does a great a job at addressing those head on. From how our upbringing affects us, to goal setting, to making decisions, it covers a wide range of limiting beliefs, and practical ways to work through them. I particularly found her explanation of energy frequency and the law of attraction helpful. Kinda like The Secret, only fun to read and way more accessible.

I’ve found myself re-reading chapters when I need a little pep talk in certain areas. Cough subconscious beliefs around money cough. Speaking of which! Her latest book is called You Are a Badass at Making Money, which she’ll be speaking about on her upcoming tour. Can’t wait to get my hands on that one.

Here are a few highlights from You Are a Badass:

  • “Our conscious mind thinks it’s in control, but isn’t. Our subconscious mind doesn’t think about anything, but is in control.”
  • “In order to truly raise your vibration, you’ve got to believe that everything you want is available to you. And the best way to keep this belief strong is by staying connected to Source Energy.”
  • On manifesting what you what: “The trick is to have both parts – energy and action – working in unison.”
  • On the “Big Snooze” (her term for Ego): “The Big Snooze will do everything it can to stop you from changing and growing, especially since you’re attempting to obliterate the very identity that you and everyone else has come to know as ‘you’.”
  • On the Big Snooze: “…The part of us that’s driving the bus when we do things like sabotage our happiness by cheating on our husbands, that refuses to follow our hearts and pursue an acting career because we’re terrified to be seen for who we really are, or that goes on and on about how great we are because we’re insecure and need lots of outside validation that we’re good enough. In other words, there’s more than one way to go on an ego trip.”
  • “All you have to do is make the choice to let go of everything you’re so attached to that’s not serving you.”
  • “Stop talking about how busy you are. Focusing on what you enjoy about what you do and the spaces between the doing in between instead of feeling weighed down by it all.” [Ed. Note: PREACH]
  • “You need to have a ten-ton gorilla of desire behind your decision or else you wimp out the second it gets hard.”
    “Making money isn’t only about the money, just as losing weight isn’t only about losing weight and finding your soul mate isn’t only about finding your soul mate. It’s about who you become and what you believe is possible for yourself.”

Overall, I’d rank this one up there with some of my favorite personal development books, for the sake of its simplicity, humour and usefulness. Have you read it? I’d love to hear what you think (and other similar recommendations) in the comments!

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