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You Are A Badass – How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life

The author, Jen Sincero, helps you figure out what’s stopping you from being amazing and gives you tips on how to kick those bad habits to the curb. It’s all about living your best life and making your dreams come true.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to unleash your inner badass!

Do you ever feel like you’re not living up to your full potential? Like you’re stuck in a boring routine and can’t break free? Well, it might be because of the negative thoughts you have about yourself.

Think about it – have you ever been told that you’re not good enough or that you’ll never succeed? Those messages can stick with you and hold you back from reaching your goals. For example, if you’ve always been told that your family isn’t good at making money, you might start to believe that you can’t either. And that belief can stop you from trying to learn about finances or furthering your education.

Or maybe you’re looking for love, but you’re scared of getting hurt because of what you saw growing up. Those negative experiences can make you afraid of intimacy and keep you from finding a partner.

It’s like you’re stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts that are keeping you from living your best life. So, break free. They’re just thoughts.  But don’t worry – you have the power to break free from this cycle. It all starts with being kind to yourself and believing in your own potential.

Let’s explore how you can do that in the next step.

When you love yourself and don’t care about what others think, life gets a whole lot better. 

When we’re kids, we know who we are and what we like without worrying about what others think. But as we get older, we start listening to what other people say instead of trusting ourselves.

This can lead us to end up in jobs and relationships that don’t make us happy. The first step to changing this is to start loving yourself. Every day, tell yourself how awesome you are. If you’ve got to put sticky notes around your house- do it!. You’ve got one chance on this planet.

Sincero is right – Stop comparing yourself to others right now. She says, “Imagine if Marilyn Monroe thought she needed to look like Kate Moss or if Led Zeppelin tried to be like Mozart”? It wouldn’t work! So don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Just be you.

Once you start loving yourself more, you won’t be as scared to do the things you really want to do. You’ll also stop worrying so much about what other people think of you.

Sincero’s next beat in this book is all about energy.

It’s about frequency and before you write this off as to woo woo…The great scientists like Tesla and Einstein also talked about our frequencies as human beings.

Did you know that there’s a super powerful energy all around us that we can tap into?

Whether you believe in God or not, most people agree that there’s some kind of higher power or energy out there. It doesn’t matter what you call it – God, spirit, the Force, gut feeling, intuition, or being in the zone. What’s important is that we recognize this unlimited force that connects all of us.

Let’s call it Source Energy for now. This energy is everywhere, filling up the whole universe and everything in it. But here’s the cool part – it doesn’t vibrate at the same level everywhere. You vibrate at a certain frequency, and the things you want in life vibrate at a certain frequency too. And things that vibrate at the same frequency are drawn to each other.

This is what we call the law of attraction. So, when we’re feeling jealous, worried, or negative, we vibrate at a low frequency and attract more of that negative energy. But here’s the good news: if you learn how to raise your vibration, you can attract the things you want in life.

That’s why it’s so important to tap into this amazing Source Energy. Without it, you won’t be able to raise your energy high enough to attract the things you desire. So, make it a priority to tap into this energy from now on.

If all of this seems complicated, there’s an easy way to bring more Source Energy into your life: meditation.

Meditation is simple yet challenging. By sitting still and letting go of your thoughts, you can calm your body, reduce stress, and clear your mind. You’ll realize how cluttered your brain is with unimportant thoughts. Just a few minutes of meditation can show you how unfocused and unproductive those thoughts are. By practicing meditation regularly, you can fill your life with positive Source Energy. Give it a try!

Life is short, so let’s make the most of it! Each day is a chance to have fun and enjoy the journey of life, even though it can be easy to forget that in the busy world we live in.

In her next chapter, Sincero gives us three things we can do to make each day even better.

First, when you face tough challenges, try to approach them like a beginner instead of an expert. Being open to learning can take away the pressure to be perfect and make mistakes less scary. Mistakes can actually help you learn and grow!

For example, let’s say you love ice skating. If you see yourself as a champion, falling down might feel like a big failure. But if you see yourself as a learner, you’ll have more fun trying new things and taking risks, which can help you improve.

Second, try to be grateful every day. Gratitude isn’t just saying “thank you” – it’s about feeling positive and appreciating the good things in life. By being grateful, you can keep a positive mindset and even help others feel good, too.

A simple way to practice gratitude is to write down ten things you’re thankful for before bed. It could be anything, like the flowers in your garden or even that your annoying relatives finally left your house.

Lastly, learning to forgive others and yourself can make each day better. Holding onto grudges can weigh you down, so try to let go of anger and move forward. Forgiveness can bring peace and help you focus on the good things in life.

So, embrace being a beginner, practice gratitude, and learn to forgive – you’ll be on your way to a happier, richer life.

Moving on in You Are a Badass, did you know that your thoughts are super important? They can actually help you achieve your dreams! In today’s fast-paced world, we’re always focused on doing things, but we often forget to take a moment to think things through.

Your thoughts have the power to shape your reality and guide you towards your goals in life. So, it’s important to figure out what you want and stay open to different ways to get there.

For example, let’s say you want to be a writer but you’re not sure how to make it happen. You can look up to other writers who inspire you and see how they achieved their dreams. By following their footsteps and making progress, you’ll start feeling more confident in calling yourself a writer.

Another way to make your thoughts work for you is to imagine yourself as the person you want to be. If you want to be a great speaker but you’re scared of speaking in front of a crowd, try visualizing yourself giving amazing speeches. The more you practice and believe in yourself, the more confident you’ll become.

To boost your thinking power even more, try to be specific about your goals. If you want to be a writer, think about what kind of writer you want to be – whether it’s a novelist, essayist, or something else. By being clear about your goals, you’ll have a clearer path to follow.

So, remember, your thoughts are powerful tools that can help you achieve your dreams. Stay positive, believe in yourself, and keep working towards your goals! You got this!

What do we do when procrastination rears its ugly head??

To get past excuses, you have to remind yourself why you want to achieve your goals. If you’re feeling unsure, it might be a sign that you need to rethink what you’re aiming for.

Taking action also means overcoming hesitation, which can be tough. Sometimes we hesitate because we’re afraid of changing into someone we don’t want to be. For example, let’s say you dream of being an actor who captivates audiences and has a strong presence on stage.

But when you think about pursuing this dream, you hesitate. Maybe you’ve never liked outgoing people, and you worry that actors are judged harshly. Will chasing this dream turn you into someone you dislike? The answer is no. You just need to find a way to move past your hesitation.

To do this, stop judging others and start asking yourself important questions like, “Is acting really what I want to do?” and “Will it bring me joy?”

If you answer yes to these questions, it’s time to recognize your hesitation and procrastination for what they are. No more excuses! It’s time to take action towards your dreams!

So, you’ve got this awesome dream and you’re totally ready to make it happen! But here’s the deal – it’s not going to be a walk in the park. Even the most successful people out there had to deal with rejection and failure before they hit it big. Take Michael Jordan, for instance. He didn’t even make his high school basketball team at first! And Steven Spielberg got rejected from film school three times!

But here’s the scoop – you can’t just throw in the towel. You’ve got to keep going, no matter what. Learn from your slip-ups and just keep moving along until you reach your goals.

To stay on the right path, you’ve got to make some changes in your life.

Hang out with people who cheer you on and support your dreams. Kick off and wrap up your day in ways that help you zero in on your goals. And don’t be scared to spend some cash on things that’ll help you make your dreams a reality.

Remember, your new life is going to come from setting clear goals, putting in the work, and taking action. Don’t sweat what other folks think – just go for it and give yourself the green light to chase after your dreams!

In conclusion:

The main idea of You Are A Badass is all about becoming the awesome person you’ve always wanted to be. To do this, you need to figure out what’s holding you back in life and then make changes to overcome those obstacles. Don’t let anyone stop you from pursuing your passions! Before you know it, you’ll be living the life you’ve always imagined.

Until next time, laugh long and prosper.  


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