Book Review: You Are a Badass Every Day – Jen Sincero’s Latest Badass Book

My Latest Read

One of my 2019 goals is to read at least 24 books during the year. This seems like a pretty reasonable goal as two books a month is not unrealistic.

With a Chapters gift card, I purchased five new books to get me started. One of those books was Jen Sincero‘s newest book “You Are a Badass Every Day: How To Keep Your Motivation Strong, Your Vibe High, and Your Quest for Transformation Unstoppable”.

When the book arrived I was admittedly surprised. It was not what I expected. The book was much smaller in both size and amount of writing than the other books from her which I have read.

Once I had a chance to sit down with the book, I flipped it open and was again surprised by the content. Surprised not in a negative sense just surprised with how the book was structured. I was expecting a format much like her other books where she discusses her thoughts on a variety of topics in a chapter by chapter format.

Quick Hits

This book is more of a quick hit daily motivational kick in the butt. She refers to the book as a “spiritual gym workout”. It does not go deep into explaining concepts or ideas. It provides prompts of various things to think about and then put into action.

She suggests that the reader walk through what she is talking about (for example, a quick meditation, repeating intentions or writing in a journal) and that the book does not need to be read for long periods of time.

I sat down and read the book cover to cover in about an hour and a half. The thoughts are often short and very easy to read. Her advice and motivation are always on point and very beneficial to anyone who wants to become a baddass.

Since I read it, I have flipped it open on a daily basis to reread a page or two. This is where I think the major benefit of the book is. The daily affirmation or kick in the ass is very helpful for anyone who needs that extra little boost.

I have read Jen Sincero’s other “badass” books and really enjoyed them. I recommend this book for sure as I think it will provide some helpful ques in your day to day life and a kick in the butt on those days which are tougher.

For other books written by Jen Sincero, see the following links. If you haven’t read them, I think you will gain some insightful knowledge in how to bring out your inner badass!

Other books to read

The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins – Buy This Book!

5 SECOND RULE

So I was looking for a new book to read and I came across this one – The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins

I posted it on my Instagram asking if anyone had read it and what their thoughts were.  A few people gave some really good positive feedback so I decided to give it a read.  Check out the link for more info (description).

The book isn’t very long either.  The hardcover is only about 240 pages.  I read the kindle version but I will be going out to buy a hard copy so I can have it as a reference whenever I need it.

I read about 30 pages yesterday afternoon and really liked her style of writing. She was able to articulate her message in a way that was very easy to understand.

Later on in the evening I got into bed and started to read it again.  A few hours later I finished the book.  I couldn’t put it down.  The message was so on point.

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How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in 5 seconds. 

Without getting into it in detail, she talks about finding the courage to go after all the things you want in life.  How most of our actions are based around feelings.  For example, I think I want to exercise and I know I should so I can be in better shape.  But what prevents me from getting off my ass and doing it?  That feeling at the time that I don’t really want to.  It feels better chilling on the couch.  As a result, I will do it tomorrow. We all know what happens tomorrow!

She has created a rule or trigger that she calls the 5 Second Rule.  The idea is that instead of thinking about something you count down backwards from 5 and then go do it (5-4-3-2-1-GO).  Otherwise, our brain will start think of excuses to avoid doing the action.

This rule was created to help her get out of bed in the morning instead of hitting the snooze button.  I’m very guilty of that and when I read all the info she provides on the negative aspects of the snooze button, I know I need to change my habit.  Over the next week, I am going to be employing the rule to see how it starts to change my life.  I will include an update in my next weekly journal update.

I will admit I am not the best at explaining something I have just read.  I am still processing the information she provides but I am very very excited to try what she has suggested.  Decision anxiety or analysis anxiety has always been something I struggled with.  I am better now but I think this rule/tool will be something that can really help me.

OTHER BOOKS

For some other book suggestions, check out my books page.  Let me know what you think!

 

 

 

Meditation Experiment – Follow My Journey

So I have decided to give this meditation thing a try!  From what I understand, there are a lot of successful people doing it now and the reviews have been positive.  I believe I have become a lot more mindful through my counselling and other talk therapy like cognitive behavioral therapy but I want to improve on that.

I will update this blog as I work through the journey to keep anyone who may follow it up to date.  Honestly, I have no expectations.  I have always thought the process or the idea of meditating was for those hippy type people who live in vans out in the woods.

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Yea, not my idea of meditation!

Currently I am reading a book by Dan Harris.  From what I understand, it will walk me through the process in a more, dare I say it, normal way.  None of the over the top spiritual stuff that is normally associated with meditation.  Just clear easy to understand instructions on how to get started and what to expect.

If you are curious about the book its called “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book“.  The title defines me perfectly which is why I am hoping it will help.  I really enjoyed his other book called “10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story“.  I found the way he wrote to be funny and informative.  He went into a skeptic and has now fully embraced the process.  Check out the my “Books You Should Read” page for more books I highly recommend.

Meditation Goal for Week #1:

My goal is to finish the book this week.  In the meantime, I will start with 5-10 minutes a day each morning when I wake up.  We shall see how it goes!

DAY 1:  Quick update on my first day today.  I did 5 minutes this morning which went by pretty quickly but I have to say my brain was all over the place.  I spent a lot of time refocusing back on my breath as my mind would go from thinking about the book to this blog to the car horn outside etc.  From what I understand, this is quite common.