I haven’t done a book review on here yet, but I’m stepping out on a limb to tell you about this book by Jen Sincero. I have the audio version, and get a great coaching now every time I’m in the car!
First Warning – There will be bad language. Jen gives you the real. If you have sensitive ears….
Second Warning – I am now unstoppable in my quest to take over the world after hearing this great mix of wisdom and humor.
In this book, she talks about the doubt she had for the self-help community. She thought that inspirational and motivational quotes were crap.
Right off the bat, she talks about the difference between wanting to change your life, and deciding to change your life. What a distinction, right? In my last post, Being Brave, I talked about being cautious vs. being brave. I love this quote from Anais Nin that Jen used in this book that speaks right to that point.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”
She talks about being a religious and spiritual skeptic. Like many of us, her views shifted over time. A lot of her story reminded me of a situation that I dealt with when I owned a service business.
A had an employee with a drinking problem. I kinda knew, and I kinda didn’t want to know. Basically, I didn’t want to deal with it. I had a talk with him about it. He said he knew he had a problem, and that he was working on it. When a customer complained, I had to call him into my office. I realized at this point that having a good talk with him was not going to do anything.
I let him go, and he was very nice about it. He said that I had given him chances that nobody else would have, and that he understood my position. So, I asked him “Have you thought about giving AA a try?” He responded by saying that he looked into it, but it seemed like they talked about God too much. I looked him in the eye and said “Sometimes you have to ask yourself… Is my way working?”
Jen transitions nicely from So What? to Game Plan. She gives a refresher on the importance of mindfulness. There’s a discussion on using meditation to reach your goals. Then there’s the chapter called “Gratitude: The Gateway Drug to Awesomeness”.
I had never heard the quote from Albert Einstein:
“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.“
Anyway, if you want to feel inspired and motivated to add more of anything positive in your life. Go buy this book. Or download it. I’ll be shameless and add a link. 100 percent recommend it! Let me know how you like it!