I’m a self-help geek.
I have an alarming number of self-improvement books. For example, I love to read books on happiness. Got a whole stack on them. My boyfriend occasionally looks at this pile and I can see in his face that he’s wondering if I’m having a quarter-life crisis. Or if I’ll leave him, shave off my head and become a Tibetan monk in search of enlightenment.
I don’t read these books because I’m unhappy. I read them because they empower me, challenge me, and force me to examine my life. They help me put things in perspective when I’m being a drama mama. Whenever I’m facing difficulties in my life, I head straight to a bookstore. There’s something comforting in knowing that for whatever problem you have, there’s a book on that. (Depending on the title of the book though, just be prepared to deal with an eyebrow raise from the cashier.)
Henry the hipster koala and a few of my favourite self-help books
I recently picked up “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero. It’s for people who feel stuck and want to improve their life but are unknowingly sabotaging their own efforts. Unlike your overly polite friends, she won’t put up with your self-limiting excuses and will make you feel like a lazy snothead for not following your dreams. Full of tough love advice, but written in a very sassy and light tone.
To go after that dream life that you want, she encourages you to (my own summary of her book):
1) Please stop whining
2) Visualise what your amazing new life will look like
3) Manifest your intentions
4) Send positive vibes into the world
5) Work your ass off and never give up
6) Then trust that the Universe’s got your back and will deliver
Now before you categorize her book as New Age gibberish, I can tell you that she swears too much to be a hippy. Interestingly, I find that the cussing actually makes the concepts she describes more tangible and prevents any what-is-this-BS eye rolling. In all, it’s a funny upbeat book that makes you want to take action. In fact, after finishing her book, I created this website!
Everyone can benefit from some critical navel-gazing session from time to time. That’s why I’ll occasionally share with you a self-help book that inspired me. If you’re into self-help books too, please let me know in the comments which are your favourites!
Much love and hugs,